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Hurricane forecasters keeping an eye on tropical wave as it moves toward Gulf

Sun Sentinel logoSun Sentinel 8/17/2022 Robin Webb, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A tropical wave that traveled beyond Honduras on Wednesday is expected to move across Central America this week then emerge over the Gulf of Mexico.

National Hurricane Center forecasters say some slight development is possible through the weekend as it continues to trek northwest toward the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, near eastern coastal Mexico.

As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said its odds of developing into a tropical depression were at 30% over the next five days, a slight increase over the 20% odds Wednesday morning but still considered a low chance for developing.

Despite the fact that there have only been three named storms so far this Atlantic hurricane season, experts still predict an above-average season.

Activity generally heats up near the peak of the season, which generally runs mid-August through late October.

The latest prediction from NOAA experts was 14 to 20 named storms and six to 10 hurricanes this season — three to five of which are expected to be major hurricanes, which are Category 3 or higher.

The next named storm to form in the Atlantic would be called Danielle.

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