Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Vigorous tropical wave has 90 percent chance of developing

Vigorous tropical wave has 90 percent chance of developing

If this were to become a named storm, it would be called Patty.

The tropical wave is 200 miles east of the Leeward Islands and producing a large area of disturbed weather. Although environmental conditions are forecast to gradually become more conducive for a tropical depression to form during the next few days, interaction with land could inhibit tropical cyclone formation.

"Should this system track far enough to the north of the Caribbean Islands, this will allow for some organization", according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun. As of Monday, the Hurricane Center reported, and will continue moving west to northwest toward Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. Hard-hit areas of Florida's Panhandle, Georgia and North and SC continue to recover from the impacts of Florence and Michael. "As it treks, it's going to steer the storm north and away".

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Moody's Analytics put the cost of damage and disruption from Hurricane Florence alone at as much as $22 billion, according to CNBC.

This year, the National Hurricane Center notes, October was busier than usual for tropical storms. Hurricane Kate hit the Florida Panhandle on November 20, 1985, with 120 mph winds; Wrong Way Lenny nailed the northern Antilles with 150 mph winds on November 17, 1999; and most famously, Mitch belted Honduras with 180 mph winds on October 25, 1998.

As we near the end of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season the Weather Authority and the National Hurricane Center are tracking a strengthening complex of storms approaching the Caribbean Islands this week.

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