Forecasters increase odds of 2 systems becoming tropical storms or depressions in Atlantic; Hurricane Genevieve roars in the Pacific – USA TODAY


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Forecasters are watching two weather disturbances in the Atlantic Basin for possible development within the next few days. 

With peak hurricane season here, the National Hurricane Center has increased the odds that the two disturbances will become tropical depressions or storms.

One system, in the eastern Caribbean Sea, has a 60% chance of development within the next five days, forecasters said. “A tropical depression could form late this week or this weekend when it reaches the northwestern Caribbean Sea,” the hurricane center said. 

The second system is far out in the Atlantic, about halfway between Africa and the Caribbean, and is producing a concentrated area of showers and thunderstorms. Forecasters said a tropical depression is likely to form within the next day or two, putting those odds at 70%. 

It’s too early to determine any possible landfall in the U.S. for either system. 

The next two names on the Atlantic storm list are Laura and Marco. Should Laura form in the next few days, it would shatter the early-season formation record for the “L-named” storm set by Luis on Aug. 29, 1995, AccuWeather said. 

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Meanwhile, in the Pacific, Hurricane Genevieve grew rapidly into a highly dangerous Category 4 storm on Tuesday, threatening to bring tropical-storm-force winds to parts of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, even if its center wasn’t likely to hit land.

A tropical storm warning was in effect for the peninsula from Los Barriles to Todos Santos. Although the hurricane’s center isn’t expected to make landfall, it will still be close enough to bring powerful winds and high surf to the Baja region by Wednesday or Thursday.  

Genevieve could remain at Category 4 hurricane strength or greater into early Thursday, AccuWeather said, before weakening over cool waters to the southwest of Baja California late in the week.

Contributing: The Associated Press; Kimberly Miller, The Palm Beach Post

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