Weather experts say to expect a busier-than-usual Atlantic hurricane season

Tropical depression expected east of Lesser Antilles

This system is expected to move westward at 15 to 20 miles per hour across the tropical Atlantic Ocean, crossing into the Caribbean Sea on Friday. Hurricane Gert will eventually lose its tropical power even as it makes its way toward Ireland and the United Kingdom early next week.

Tropical storm warnings are up for Martinique, St. Lucia, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

"We're now entering the peak of the season when the bulk of the storms usually form", said Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.

The Hurricane Hunters, a specialized team of of Air Force Reserve members, are scheduled to fly to the area Thursday afternoon to investigate the disturbance.

Other factors that point to an above-normal season include warmer waters across the tropical Atlantic than models previously predicted and higher predicted activity from available models, Bell said. Long-range projections shows these systems maintaining a west or west-northwest track toward the Caribbean and the Greater Antilles.

It has a high chance, 90 percent, of becoming a tropical depression. But, we will continue to monitor the latest developments in the tropics.

The next 3 names on the list are Harvey, Irma, and Jose.

And finally, a tropical wave in the far eastern Atlantic has a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm over the next five days, forecasters said. NHC 5-day odds for development are at 40%.

Over the long-term average, the second hurricane doesn't usually form until August 28 and the seventh storm doesn't appear until September 16, according to the National Hurricane Center.

¬ďA frontal boundary, invigorated by the influx of moisture from Gert, will dip south towards us bringing showers, a risk of thunder and occasionally strong winds tonight through Friday.

NHC forecasters say that environmental conditions are conducive for gradual development of Invest 92L during the next day or so while it moves west-northwestward near 20 miles per hour before conditions become less conducive for development later in the weekend.

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