Tropics Bubble with Harvey, New Systems

posted by Alan McBride -

The tropics are picking up steam with three new systems, even as post-tropical cyclone Gert heads to its eventual end in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami reported Thursday afternoon that Tropical Storm Harvey had taken shape and was on a heading that would eventually bring it across the Yucatan Peninsula on its way to the Eastern coast of Mexico.

Tropical Storm warnings have been issued for Martinique, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Forecasters said Harvey was east of Barbados, moving to the west at 18 mph.

Top sustained winds were roughly 40 mph, and forecasters said they expected slow strengthening.

Farther in the Atlantic, heading in a generally westward direction, are two systems. Either of these may impact Florida's weather.

The first system, roughly 1200 miles east of the Leeward Islands, stands a better than even chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours.

The second system, in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean, shows less immediate promise. 

Forecasters say they will continue to watch both systems for development.

The busiest weeks of the Atlantic Hurricane Season have arrived, and the tropics are expected by hurricane specialists to remain active into early October.

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