NHC Watching Two Systems As Season Picks Up

The tropics are churning as August begins.

The National Hurricane Center is watching what it calls a "vigorous" tropical wave that is well out in the Atlantic. It has a high chance of further development, and a tropical depression "is likely to form by early next week over the eastern or central tropical Atlantic Ocean," read the Thursday afternoon 5-day outlook from the NHC.

Another tropical wave in the southeastern Caribbean "is producing a large area of cloudiness and thunderstorms, along with tropical-storm-force wind gusts in squalls" as it moves west to west-northwest at 15 to 20 miles per hour. Still, the wave only has a low chance of further development over the five days.

It's still very early to say if either of these systems will be a threat to the Gulf Coast.

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