Hurricane forecasters watching two potential storms in Atlantic

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.

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