Monday, August 9, 2010

Hurricane Center watching two storm systems

The National Hurricane Center says currently there is a "low" chance that a broad area of surface low pressure producing showers and thunderstorms from the Bahamas, across the Florida Keys and into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico will develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm over the next 48 hours.

But it's enough for officials working on the BP oil spill to keep an eye on the system as it develops -- or fades away.

Meanwhile, there's "high," or 70 percent chance that a system farther out in the Atlantic Ocean develops within the next 48 hours into Tropical Storm or Hurricane Danielle. Computer models, however, indicate that the system will make a big turn to the north long before it approaches Florida.

"A low pressure area located about 900 miles east-northeast of the Leeward Island is moving west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph," the Hurricane Center said in a statement. "Although shower and thunderstorm activity has recently weakened, any significant organization of the thunderstorms during the next couple of days could result in the formation of a tropical cyclone."

As for where these systems may be heading, look at the maps here and here.

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