The National Hurricane Center says advisories could be issued later Tuesday for a system in the Atlantic that has a high 90% of forming into a tropical depression within the next few days.
The low pressure system is about 900 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands Tuesday and has gained a better-defined center of circulation, according to the hurricane center’s advisory at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Its showers and thunderstorms have also become more organized when compared to Monday, according to the hurricane center.
Forecasters say the disturbance has a 90% of forming into a tropical depression within the next 2 to five days, with advisories possibly being issued later Tuesday “if these development trends continue.”
The system is forecast to move west-northwest at around 15 mph across the tropical Atlantic during the next few days, with conditions possibly becoming “less conducive for development” by the end of the week.
On Sunday, National Weather Service Robert Molleda said that it’s still too early to tell if this system would have an impact on South Florida but that “these are the kind of systems that if they do form, we need to prepare.”
He added: “This is a reminder that we are in the first active part of the hurricane season so we need to stay ready.”
A tropical depression is a tropical cyclone that has maximum sustained winds of 38 mph or less. If it were to become a tropical storm, it would be named Josephine, national forecasters said.
Miami Herald staff writer Carli Teproff contributed to this report.