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Tropical storm in Atlantic not likely to develop, hurricane center says

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 8, 2020

By Richard Tribou Orlando Sentinel

ORLANDO, Fla. – A system that formed off the coast of Africa in the Atlantic had a low potential to form into the next tropical depression or tropical storm, but not any more.

“Environmental conditions have become less conducive, and development of this system is no longer anticipated,” the National Hurricane Center said in its 2 p.m. Saturday advisory.

Forecasters dropped the tropical wave’s chances of formation to 0% in the next 2 to 5 days. Its previous chances were up to 10%.

The wave producing a few showers and thunderstorms was last located several hundred miles WSW of the Cabo Verde Islands. If it did spin up to tropical storm strength before any other system potentially forms, it would be named Tropical Storm Josephine.

The hurricane center first caught the tropical wave on Friday.

The 2020 hurricane season is on pace to be one of the busiest on record, having already produced nine named storms and a 10th system that became a tropical depression.

The remaining names for 2020 are Josephine, Kyle, Laura, Marco, Nana, Omar, Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky and Wilfred.

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