GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) – As of the 5:00 p.m. Tropical Outlook, the National Hurricane Center is currently monitoring several areas of tropical climate interest. The first region is the center of the depression located about 300 miles east of the Windward Islands. System-related flare-ups of showers and thunderstorms remain disrupted as a result of upper winds blowing them away from the broad center. Data from aircraft reconnaissance showed that the large area of the cyclone does not have a defined closed center. Over the next few days, an area of low pressure is projected to move westward into an area that helps strengthen and organize. Warmer sea temperatures and moisture will be factors that help the system organize into a tropical cyclone or storm this weekend and into next.
The NHC has also issued an advisory for Tropical Cyclone 12 near West Africa. Wind speeds are nearing 35 miles per hour and the gusts are getting stronger. TD 12 is moving northwest at 12 mph. The minimum central pressure is near 1007 mb. The good news for us is that the system is expected far enough away from eastern North Carolina that TD 12 could intensify into the next tropical storm of the season. The next name on the list is Julia, followed by Karl.
Hurricane season has returned to a lull in the direct effects of tropical weather, but don’t get too comfortable. From Ian’s lessons, it’s essential to have a hurricane preparedness plan, even during quiet hurricane seasons, even if you don’t think you’ll need it right away. It only takes one storm for him to be a memorable season. Historically, October is a hurricane-prone month. The official end of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane season is November 30th.
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