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Tropical Storm Nana Forms in the Caribbean Sea

A cluster of showers and thunderstorms east of the Carolinas remains a tropical depression Tuesday morning.

In the Caribbean Sea, we have a new tropical storm.


What You Need To Know

  • Tropical Depression Fifteen formed Monday afternoon off the South Carolina coast
  • Most of the impacts will remain out in the Atlantic
  • Tropical Storm Nana is moving west towards Honduras and Belize
  • Another tropical wave comes off Africa soon

Tropical Storm Nana has formed in the Caribbean Sea and is continuing on a west-northwest track towards Belize and Honduras.

Tropical storm watches are already in effect for the coast of Honduras. It is likely that more watches will be issued for Belize, Guatemala, and the Yucatán Peninsula.

Nana is expected to strengthen as it inches closer to land due to low wind shear and warmer waters, and it could potentially reach hurricane strength before making landfall in Central America.

Forecast track of Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixteen.

Meanwhile off the coast of North Carolina, Tropical Depression Fifteen will stay offshore as it moves to the east-northeast at 14 mph. There’s a chance it could organize further into a tropical storm today, but those odds appear low at this time.

The depression is more than 100 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The main impact to land is swells causing dangerous rip currents in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

If it does become a tropical storm, the next name on the list is Omar.

Although, stronger wind shear has developed and will continue to get stronger, which should dissipate the system as it heads out to sea.

Forecast track for Tropical Depression Fifteen.

Another tropical wave is still over far western Africa and is forecast to move into the Atlantic. For now, chances are very low for further development within the next five days.

The average peak of the hurricane season is approaching and tropical systems can develop just about anywhere in the Atlantic basin this time of year.

In the first ten days of September, they have formed anywhere from the Gulf of Mexico to off the coast of Africa and everywhere in between. This is also the time of year when some of the strongest hurricanes happen.

Tropical Formation Locations and Tracks

Location of where named tropical systems have formed (red dots) and their tracks (gray lines) in the first 10 days of September. (NOAA/NWS)

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