Monday August 29 – There are two tropical systems that are not named yet, but both have a chance to develop. One off of the east coast, and the other trying to emerge from Cuba into the Gulf of Mexico. They are referred to as Tropical Depression Eight and Nine now. Hurricane Gaston is powerful Category 3 system with winds of 115 mph, but will stay well east of Bermuda, so no threat to land.
The east coast system is a new development, but if you have been tracking the other one, there has been common theme. These storms have been verifying farther south than forecast. That is why it has not developed yet and stayed over Cuba. Should either one of these develop, the next two names are Hermine and Ian… depending on which one forms first. But here in the Mid Atlantic, there will be High Pressure to our north that will protect us from both systems. It looks like they will both miss us… with the closet impact on the North Carolina Outer Banks. Here is a look at how that is expected to play out for both systems.