FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The National Hurricane Center is no longer tracking the short life of Hurricane Nana, as the system degenerated into a tropical storm and then a remnant low Thursday. Tropical Depression Omar is expected to start fizzling out as well. But the NHC is tracking four systems with the potential to become the next tropical depression or tropical storm, according to the latest advisory.
Forecasters are turning their attention to an area of the Atlantic midway between the Windward Islands and the west coast of Africa that is bustling with activity from tropical waves.
One is an area of low pressure with disorganized showers and thunderstorms, according to the hurricane center.
Another moved off the coast of Africa on Thursday. It is merging with a disturbance a couple hundred miles southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands, the hurricane center said.
The system will develop and could become a tropical depression early next week as it moves slowly westward over the eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean, according to the latest outlook.
Yet another wave is expected to move off the coast of Africa over the weekend. A tropical depression could form next week as it moves west over the ocean.
Finally, in the north-central Atlantic, the NHC is monitoring a nontropical area of low pressure about 600 miles south of Cape Race Newfoundland expected to move north-northeastward at 15 mph. The NHC gives it a 20% chance of formation in the next two days.
If any of the systems maintain sustained winds of 39 mph, it would become the 16th named system of the 2020 hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. Earlier this summer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated its forecast predicting between 19 and 25 named storms.
This is the time of year when storms tend to form in the open Atlantic, particularly near the Cabo Verde Islands. Those storms, which grow in size and intensity as they make the long trek westward across the Atlantic Ocean, are historically the most powerful and destructive hurricanes.
Nana hit the coast of Belize early Thursday as a low-end Category 1 hurricane that weakened to a tropical depression and then dissipated.