The National Hurricane Center identified a poorly defined disturbance with very likely odds of soon becoming the next tropical storm over the course of the day while it keeps its eyes on two other disturbances with odds of developing.
The National Hurricane Center’s 8 am advisory Tuesday said heavy rains and tropical-storm-force winds are likely to begin late Tuesday for islands in the Southern Caribbean for what meteorologists are calling Potential Tropical Cyclone Two. The system is currently located about 330 miles east of Trinidad with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph moving west-northwest at 23 mph.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in place for Trinidad and Tobago as well as Grenada and its dependencies, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the system’s center. If it becomes named, it would be Tropical Storm Bonnie. The NHC gives it a 90% chance for formation in the next five days.
“On the forecast track, the system will pass near or over portions of the southern Windward Island by late Tuesday, and move over the southern Caribbean Sea or near the northern coast of Venezuela on Wednesday and Thursday,” according to the NHC. “Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours. Conditions appear conducive for development, and the disturbance will likely become a tropical storm before reaching the southern Windward Islands.”
By Friday, it could become the season’s first hurricane before making landfall in Central America.
Meteorologists are also keeping their eyes on two other disturbances with odds of becoming a tropical system.
An area of disturbance has increased its showers and thunderstorms over night and over northwestern Gulf of Mexico. More development is possible but the system currently remains disorganized. The NHC gives it a 30% chance of forming into a tropical system in the next two to five days, as it slowly drifts west across the northern Gulf of Mexico and toward Texas.
Another is a tropical wave several hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Atlantic conditions could become ripe enough for the system’s development into a tropical storm in the next several days. The NHC gave the wave a 20% chance of developing in the next five days.
If any of the systems develop, they would be the season’s second system after Tropical Storm Alex, which dumped nearly a foot of rain over parts of Florida earlier this month.
After Bonnie, the next two names would be Colin and Danielle.
A tropical system could be named a tropical depression without growing to tropical-storm status. It doesn’t become named until the system has sustained winds of 39 mph and isn’t named a hurricane until it has sustained winds of 74 mph.
The 2022 season runs from June 1-Nov. 30 is predicted to be another above-normal year for storms following the 30 named storms of 2020 and 21 of 2021.
Staff writer Elainie Barraza contributed to this report.