Another potential tropical storm brewing in the Atlantic

Posted at 1:33 PM, Aug 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-20 10:30:06-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- We currently have Fiona, but we could have Tropical Storm Gaston in the next few days.

Fiona is located in the central Atlantic Ocean, far away from any land areas.  The storm will track northwestward and weaken as it heads into a region of more unfavorable conditions.  The majority of computer models bring what is left of the storm closer to Bermuda, and curve it away from the United States.


A disturbance in the eastern Atlantic shows better promise of strengthening over the next week.  The system is forecast to have a more westerly track and head towards the Caribbean.


After that point, the computer models greatly diverge as to what happens (and occurs after the time scope of the models plotted above).  Some bring the storm farther west and up into the Gulf of Mexico, others have it dissipate in the Caribbean, another brings it up towards the Bahamas, and another curves it away from the United States.  So this disturbance will be closely monitored over the next week.

There is also a new tropical wave coming off the west coast of Africa.  This may develop during the coming week.  Initial track plots from the models turn it towards the central Atlantic and away from the United States.


We will continue to update you on what these systems do.  The latest information can be found in the CBS 6 Hurricane Tracker.