Thursday, August 24, 2006

Thursday Morning Tropical Update

Tropical Storm Debby has not changed much this Thursday morning. The storm is forecast to strengthen over the next few days and could become the first hurricane of the 2006 Atlantic season. Fortunately, it looks like Debby is a "fish storm," which is just another way to say this storm will not affect land. Here's a look at the forecast track for Debby from the National Hurricane Center Thursday morning:

A system that could be of more concern than Debby is a disturbance located east-southeast of the Windward Islands --

This system is becoming better organized and could become a tropical depression or even a tropical storm later in the day. If this system does become a tropical storm, it will be named Ernesto. The National Hurricane Center is sending a hurricane hunter airplane into the disturbance this afternoon to check it out.

Several computer models bring this disturbance into the Caribbean over the next couple of days. By early next week, if it develops, it could be close to the Gulf of Mexico. A lot can change quickly when it comes to the tropics, so we'll have to watch this one closely. We'll keep you posted. You can catch our latest tropical updates at :21 after the hour on News 14 Carolina. You can also find more information online by visiting the National Hurricane Center's website at

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