The National Hurricane Center in Miami is monitoring two areas of clouds and storms in the Atlantic that have the potential to become tropical cyclones.
The first — depicted in orange on the hurricane center’s graphic — was about 800 miles east of the eastern boundary of the Caribbean. It had a 50 percent chance of formation over the next five days. Moving west, its long-term survival chances did not look good because it was heading toward storm-killing wind shear.
The second — shown in yellow — was a few hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, an archipelago off the African coast. That disturbance had a 20 percent chance of formation over the next five days. It was expected to move over the open Atlantic, away from land.
Neither was a threat to Florida at this point.
A tropical cyclone is a rotating, closed-circulation storm that depending on its strength, can be a tropical depression, tropical storm, or hurricane.
The next named storm — a tropical storm or hurricane — in the Atlantic will take the name Don.
So far, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has seen three tropical storms. Arlene was a rare April storm but it stayed far from land in the Atlantic. Bret brought heavy rains and flooding to parts of Trinidad and Venezuela. Cindy made landfall at the Texas-Louisiana border and was blamed for the death of a boy who was struck by debris at an Alabama beach.