Atlantic Ocean staying busy: Two depressions form, could soon be tropical storms

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The bustling Atlantic basin isn’t taking a Labor Day breather, and forecasters were tracking multiple areas that could spin up trouble this week.  

“The eastern Atlantic is going to become quite active during the next few days,” AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said.

On Monday, two disturbances forecasters were closely watching in this year’s record-breaking hurricane season became tropical depressions and could soon become tropical storms, according to the National Hurricane Center.    

Tropical Depression 17 was midway between the Cabo Verde Islands and Lesser Antilles with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and was moving to the west-northwest at 6 mph early Monday.

“As the depression tracks to the west into midweek, it will be within an area of relatively light wind shear and warm water, which should allow it to become better organized and develop into a tropical storm,” Kottlowski said.

A tropical wave off the coast of western Africa on Sunday quickly organized into Tropical Depression 18 early Monday morning. The depression had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and was moving to the west at 12 mph and was also expected to strengthen into a tropical storm.

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Forecasters are also eyeing a weak tropical wave over the Caribbean Sea, a strong tropical wave expected to emerge off the African coast late in the week and a trough of low pressure southeast of Bermuda, Accuweather said.. 

September is the peak month of hurricane season. The most active day of the year is around Sept. 10 – Thursday – on average, according to weather.com.

Tropical storms and hurricanes can form anywhere in the Atlantic Ocean this time of year, and an estimated 71% of hurricane activity is still yet to come, weather.com said. 

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Predictions of an active hurricane season have been more than met: The 2020 hurricane season tally now includes 15 named storms and five hurricanes – Hanna, Isaias, Laura, Marco and Nana. 

Hurricane Laura was the most lethal, roaring ashore on the border of Texas and Louisiana as a Category 4 storm on Aug. 27. The storm pulverized buildings, severed power lines, clogged streets with debris and left at least 25 people dead.

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The next tropical storm names on the list for 2020 in the Atlantic are Paulette and Rene. 

Contributing: Doyle Rice

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