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Hurricane trackers focus on 3 potential systems as Omar fades away

By Joe Mario Pedersen, Richard Tribou and Paola Pérez, Orlando Sentinel on

Published in Weather News

ORLANDO, Fla. - Tropical Depression Omar is still hanging on to its strength Saturday, but it's expected to soon fade into a remnant low. After it dissipates, the tropics will remain a busy place as the National Hurricane Center tracks three systems with odds of development in the Atlantic.

Tropical Depression Omar was located about 550 miles northeast of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph moving east at 10 mph. Omar is likely to become a remnant low by early Sunday morning, and dissipate by early Monday, the NHC said at 11 a.m. The storm is not believed to make any threat of landfall.

Meanwhile, multiple systems in the Atlantic are producing showers with potential for further development as of the NHC's 8 a.m. update.

First, forecasters are eyeing a trough of low pressure with less organized shower activity, located about midway between the west coast of Africa and the Windward Islands, according to the latest update. Forecasters do not expect this system to develop due to potential interaction with a large tropical wave a few hundred miles to its east. This system has a 10% chance to form in the next five days.

Second, that large wave that may disrupt the first system is located over the eastern tropical Atlantic and continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Gradual development is expected as the system could become a tropical depression or tropical storm sometime this weekend or early next week as it moves west-northwest across the Atlantic. The NHC gives it a 50% chance to form in the next two days and 90% chance in the next five days.

And third, the NHC is monitoring another tropical wave hanging over Africa, which should push out over sea sometime over the weekend. The NHC said this system will likely form into a tropical depression by the middle of next week, with a 70% chance of formation in the next five days.

The NHC has stopped tracking what was once Tropical Storm Nana, which was headed for Belize.

 

The remaining names for the 2020 season are Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky and Wilfred.

If the total amount of 2020 storms exceeds the designated name list; which it is expected to, hurricane specialists will begin using letters from the Greek alphabet to name storm; a tactic meteorologists have only had to use once before in 2005, which had a total of 28 named storms.

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(Orlando Sentinel Staff writer David Harris contributed to this report.)

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