Storms gaining strength in the tropics

Eastern Carolina - The short quiet spell in the tropics looks to come to a close soon. The National Hurricane Center has identified two areas in the tropics as candidates for becoming tropical storms

The first batch of storms forecasters are keeping their eye on is located in the Caribbean. Over the next several days, its likely these storms will organize into a tropical depression, and then quickly into a tropical storm. If so, it would be given the name Sandy. This storm would pose a threat for Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. It is forecast to stay off the coast of the US. We should expect high surf and rip current risks from this system.

The second cluster of storms under close watch is  about 800 miles north west of the Leeward Islands. It may not develop into a tropical depression in the next two days, but may do so later in the week. If the depression began producing sustained winds of 40 mph, it would become Tropical Storm Tony.


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