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After Hanna's impact on Texas, eyeing the next potential tropical system

Monday, July 27th 2020, 1:30 pm - A disturbance in the Atlantic has a high chance of becoming the ninth named storm of the 2020 hurricane season.

Last week saw a brief dormant period for tropical weather come to an end, with two named storms impacting land.

Tropical Storm Gonzalez roared to life in the Atlantic, but rapidly lost strength as it tracked toward the Windward Islands, though still bringing heavy rain and strong winds.

A more impressive storm was Hanna, which strengthened to Category 1 just before making landfall in Texas Saturday, bringing torrential downpours and rough seas. As of Monday, its remnants were still moving deep inland, bringing torrential rains to northern Mexico.

Now, forecasters are already eyeing the next chance of tropical weather, in the form of a disturbance in the mid-Atlantic, around 1,600 km east of the Windward Islands.

Dubbed "Invest 92L" by forecasters, the disturbance is currently just an area of showers, and did become somewhat less organized between Sunday and Monday, but the U.S. National Hurricane Centre (NHC) says it still has an 80 per cent chance of becoming a tropical storm in the next 48 hours.

In that case, the storm would take the name Isaias, and while the NHC is warning of some impact on the Lesser Antilles by Wednesday, some long-range models show a potential track deeper into the Caribbean, potentially as far as Cuba or Florida.

Invest 92 L tracks

Nothing at this moment is carved in stone, so it's best to keep an eye on the forecast as we continue to track this disturbance.


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