'Vigorous tropical wave' in Atlantic highly likely to develop, hurricane center says


An area of disturbed weather east of the Lesser Antilles has has become better organized with a circulation beginning to form, which may lead to formation of a tropical or sub-tropical system passing through the region in the next week, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season doesn't end until November 30, and there's one more system out there that National Hurricane Center forecasters say could turn into a tropical depression or tropical storm in the coming days.

If the storm does continue to develop, it will be named Patty.

People may be hanging Christmas lights already, but the National Hurricane Center has a vivid reminder that we still need to keep an eye on what's brewing in the tropics. It could become a cyclone by the middle of the week, stated Stacy Stewart, one of the Center's hurricane specialists.

Environmental conditions are expected to gradually become more conducive for development over the next several days. Chances of ran range from 20 to 40 percent much of the week.

The current track of the storm is aligned to hit Florida.

The disturbance is projected to move west or west-northwest for the next few days and could pass near or north of the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and the southeastern Bahamas.

Most of the models show the tropical wave remaining east of the United States.

Alberto formed before the season's official beginning on June 1, making it the fourth year in a row with a storm before the season's official start on June 1.