Published: Fri, July 07, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Tropical depression develops in Atlantic Ocean

Tropical depression develops in Atlantic Ocean

"The odds of a significant El Niño in 2017 have continued to diminish, and most of the tropical and subtropical Atlantic remains anomalously warm".

Those storms can turn into powerful hurricanes as they cross the Atlantic on tracks that potentially turn toward the East Coast, posing the greatest threat to the Lowcountry. Four is expected to become post-tropical by Sunday.

Now that it's in the middle of the Atlantic, it's showing some slight promise of becoming a depression or a full blown tropical storm in the next day or two. "I don't think we could have done potential tropical cyclone (advisories) 10 years ago". Hazards: lightning, quick downpours, gusty winds of 40 miles per hour.

The system's formation chance through 48 hours is high, at 70 percent.

TD #4 has maximum sustained winds of 30 miles per hour with some higher gusts.

The first, Tropical Storm Arlene, was noteworthy because it formed over the open Atlantic in April, which doesn't happen often.

"We've always been able to see many or most of the steering factors or steering features in the atmosphere, and we get better at it all the time", he said. This June saw two: tropical storms Bret and Cindy.

According to the National Hurricane Center, "storm surge is an abnormal rise of water generated by a storm, over and above the predicted astronomical tides".

Klotzbach and Bell also said as a result of the busier season, the odds of a major hurricane impacting the USA have gone up.

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