September 10 is considered the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, statistically the most common date to have a large number of tropical systems in the Atlantic basin, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Living up to expectations, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is currently tracking six tropical systems in the Atlantic basin. These systems include Tropical Storm Paulette and Tropical Storm Rene, as well as four disturbances. Paulette is currently located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, about 900 miles east-northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands. Rene is located not far behind. It’s currently unclear if either storm will have any impacts on the U.S. mainland. The NHC’s forecast cones for both only predict their tracks for the next five days, showing both still in the Atlantic Ocean at that time. For the disturbances, three are much closer to the mainland U.S., but fortunately two of these (one off the coast of South Carolina and North Carolina and another near the Bahamas) have been given a zero percent chance of formation by the NHC. The other, which is located in the Gulf of Mexico, has been given a ten percent chance of formation. Meanwhile, just off the coast of West Africa a disturbance has been given a 60 percent chance of formation. Having not formed yet and being so far away, it’s unclear if it will pose any impacts to the U.S. Read the latest advisories on these systems at the NHC.
As it has throughout hurricane season, WaterISAC will continue to monitor these systems and provide updates as necessary. It stands ready to assist members with any unmet needs and can be contacted at email@example.com and at (866)H2O-ISAC.