ORLANDO, Fla. — Two systems in the Atlantic Ocean with potential to form into a tropical or subtropical depressions or storms are under close watch by the National Hurricane Center on Saturday, as the end of hurricane season grows closer.
As of 7 p.m., one nontropical low pressure system was located about 700 miles east-southeast of Bermuda in the Central Atlantic. It poses no threat to Florida.
The NHC said it’s producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms and gives the system a 10% chance of formation over the next five days.
“This system is moving north-northeastward, and development is unlikely before it is absorbed by a non-tropical low pressure system and frontal boundary beginning Sunday,” NHC forecaster John Cangialosi said in the latest advisory report.
In the eastern Atlantic, another nontropical area of low pressure off Portugal’s shores is moving southward this weekend. It could develop subtropical characteristics in a couple of days while it meanders just to the north of the Canary Islands, the NHC said.
“By the middle of next week, environmental conditions are forecast to become unfavorable for further development,” the latest advisory reads.
The NHC gives the system a 20% chance of formation in the next two days and a 30% chance in the next five days.
If either system were to achieve circulation and spin up to at least 39 mph, it would be most likely subtropical and become Subtropical Storm Kappa.
2020 has already set the record for most named storms in one season with 30 such systems. It’s also tied 2005 for the most systems to reach tropical depression strength or greater with 31.
If both were to achieve named-storm strength, the second would be named Lambda.
In 2005, the last of its tropical storms, Tropical Storm Zeta, formed on Dec. 30 and lasted through Jan. 6 of 2006.
(Orlando Sentinel staff writer Richard Tribou contributed to this report.)
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