The National Hurricane Center has increased the chances for the Atlantic to see yet another named storm in the next few days — and this one has potential of impacting the East Coast.
The tropical wave —dubbed 92L by meteorologists — was brewing just off the coast of Africa on Saturday. The NHC gives the storm system a 70 percent chance of developing as a named storm in the next few days. It would be named Isaias.
While there were two other named storms churning in the Atlantic Saturday, (Hurricane Hanna threatening Texas and Gonzalo, which quickly fizzled out) , we are watching 92L with most concern.
92L has the most potential to impact South Carolina, even though it’s a long way out.
Take a look at these models showing the next 10 days…
It is very rare, nearly unheard of to make it to the “I” storms by July/ early August. Consider the last few hurricanes that have prompted evacuations in South Carolina. Dorian moved past South Carolina last September. Florence hit northern South Carolina in September 2018. Irma unleashed storm surge along the coast in September 2017.
But, as we’ve said many times before, this is 2020. It’s the year to expect the unexpected.
There’a lot happening in the Atlantic right now. Behind 92L is another system forecasters are closely monitoring.
Forecasters are calling for an especially active hurricane season, FITSNews Founding Editor Will Folks previously reported.
“We anticipate that the 2020 Atlantic basin hurricane season will have above-normal activity,” Colorado State University (CSU) forecasters projected in their report (.pdf). “We anticipate an above-average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the continental United States coastline and in the Caribbean.”
CSU forecasters are calling for 16 named storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes during the upcoming season – which runs from June 1 through November 30. The Earth System Science Center at Penn State University is calling for twenty storms this season – while The Weather Channel is projecting 18 named storms, nine hurricanes and four major hurricanes.
We will continue to closely monitor 92L as it strengthens in the Atlantic…
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