As Hermine continues to batter the northeast and send swell south to Florida, the National Hurricane Center has identified a new area of possible tropical development just off the coast of Africa.
In the 2 p.m. tropical weather outlook, forecasters gave the easterly African wave a 70 percent chance of becoming something more over the next five days. That’s up from 60 percent this morning when it was first identified as an area to watch.
The cluster of thunderstorms is several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands and a low pressure area is expected to form in connection to the wave.
While the wave is in the far eastern Atlantic, Sept. 10 is the climatological peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, so it may be worth watching.
How far the tropical wave off Africa will make it is unclear at this point.
Dan Kottlowski, a hurricane expert with AccuWeather, said dry, dusty air may inhibit any tropical activity in the short term.
“We see no new tropical development through this week,” Kottlowski said.
Hurricane Hermine stole the spotlight from another system that was being watched last week – 92L.
But it has since weakened and is expected to bring only sporadic showers and thunderstorms across parts of the Caribbean this week.
“In lieu of another tropical storm or hurricane threatening land, there is a significant chance of additional episodes where multiple systems can spin up in the Atlantic at the same time,” wrote Alex Sosnowski, a senior meteorologist with AccuWeather.