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The 2019 Atlantic season has seen seven named storms, eight tropical depression and two hurricanes, one of which unleashed devastation upon the Bahamas, killing at least 50 people. It’s now the peak of hurricane season and it means several storms are tracking around the world. But what do forecasters predict for the remainder of the hurricane season?

ravaged the Bahamas at the beginning of this month, causing significant damage, leaving at least 70,000 people homeless and leading to the loss of at least 50 lives.

It is estimated that so far this hurricane season more than $7.983billion (£6.47bn) in damage has been caused.

According to the National Hurricane Center, September 10 is the climatological peak for the Atlantic hurricane season.

Forecasters are currently monitoring a number of active tropical cyclones and systems in the Atlantic.

The biggest tropical cyclone is Tropical Storm Gabrielle which is currently in a post tropical cyclone state.

As of 11am AST (4pm BST), Gabrielle was located near latitude 43.9 north, longitude 37.8 west.

The storm is tracking northwest of the Azores travelling northeastwards away from the USA at 50mph.

There are also three other tropical waves are being monitored in the Atlantic by the National Hurricane Center today.

One of these tropical disturbances may potentially impact the weather this weekend in Alabama.

Disturbance 1

The first disturbance is located in the Atlantic Ocean roughly 900 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

It is a weak area of low pressure, associated with a tropical wave and is producing disorganised showers and thunderstorms.

Although some slight development of this system is possible today or tomorrow, by Thursday, upper-level winds are forecast to become unfavourable for tropical cyclone formation.

This disturbance is expected to move slowly westward across the tropical Atlantic Ocean for the next several days.

The chance of formation chance through 48 hours and/or five days is relatively low at 20 percent.

Disturbance 2

This second disturbance involves shower activity associated with a surface trough interacting with an upper-level low near the north coast of Hispaniola northeastward over the southwestern Atlantic has increased a little since yesterday.

Little, if any, development of this disturbance is expected during the next few days while it moves west-northwestward across the Bahamas and the Florida peninsula.

However, environmental conditions could become a little more conducive for development when the system moves into the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend.

Regardless of development, this disturbance will produce periods of locally heavy rainfall across the Bahamas through Thursday, and across Florida on Friday and continuing into the weekend.

The NOAA predicts the chance of formation through the 48 hours is near 0 percent, whereas the chance through the next five days is at 30 percent.

Disturbance 3

The third disturbance being monitored is a tropical wave located just off the west coast of Africa is expected to move quickly westward during the next several days.

The NOAA forecasts some slow development is possible late this week and over the weekend when the system is several hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

The chance of formation over 48 hours is near 0 percent, whereas the chance through the next five days is 20 percent.

NOAA updated its hurricane outlook in August and said an above-average season in terms of the number of storms appeared likely.

So far this year there have been seven named storms and two hurricanes — one being Category 5 Hurricane Dorian.

Both hurricanes — Barry and Dorian — made landfall in the U.S. at one point. Barry came ashore in Louisiana on July 13 as a Category 1 hurricane.

Dorian moved along the U.S. East Coast from Florida to North Carolina, but its center only made landfall (in the U.S., that is) last Friday (Sept. 6) near Cape Hatteras, N.C.



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