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Three Atlantic systems all expected to become hurricanes

Posted at 12:35 AM, Sep 08, 2018

The tropics remain quite active in the Atlantic Basin with three systems all bucking to become hurricanes by the end of the weekend or early next week.

After briefly becoming a major hurricane, Tropical Storm Florence had undergone a fair bit of upper atmospheric shear late this week reducing the system down to a tropical storm.

The storm however, will get into a much more favorable environment for strengthening into early next week and is currently expected to become a major category 4 hurricane again with 130 mph winds by Wednesday as it travels west-northwestward.

While too early to predict, Florence could pose a significant threat to portions of the East Coast from the Carolinas northward later next week.

Meanwhile in the far eastern Atlantic, Tropical Depression #8 was upgraded to Tropical Storm Helene near the African Coast.

This system will likely become a hurricane, but is anticipated to turn northward and remain and Atlantic system.

Farther to the west, of greater interest to the Caribbean, Tropical Depression #9 is also expected to become a tropical storm later this weekend and a hurricane next week.

The storm could approach the Eastern Caribbean by Thursday as at least a category 2 hurricane. The next name on the list will be “Isaac”.

While it is way to early (by a week) to predict where the “future Isaac” may go, if it does become a threat to the Gulf of Mexico, that would not occur for roughly 11-15 days.

Residents of Acadiana may remember the recycled name Isaac…in 2012 Hurricane Isaac pummeled Southeast Louisiana as a category one hurricane, inundated non-levied/unprotected communities.

In Acadiana, Isaac brought 40-45  mph wind gusts and just a few sprinkles even though the storm passed within 60 miles of Lafayette.