An unusually early start of this year’s hurricane season continues as two disturbances are being watched by forecasters.
The first is in the tropical Atlantic traveling west from the coast of Africa, according to the Hurricane Center’s 8 p.m. update Saturday.
The system had a 30% chance of formation in the next 48 hours and a 60% chance of formation through the next five days.
Forecasters say it is moving west at 15 to 20 mph, approaching the Windward Islands by Tuesday and then moving across the southern Caribbean Sea on Wednesday and Thursday.
“Environmental conditions appear conducive for development of this system over the next few days, and a tropical depression could form during the early to middle part of next week,” forecasters said.
The second disturbance is in the northern Gulf of Mexico, an area of cloudiness and thunderstorms extending from the southeastern United States across the Florida Peninsula to near the northwestern Bahamas.
The system has no chance of forming in the next 48 hours and a 20% chance of formation through the next five days.
“Slow development of this system could occur as it drifts westward across the northern Gulf of Mexico over the next few days,” forecasters said.