The heart of hurricane season is about to begin, and we have a significant tropical system likely to form over the Atlantic through early next week. AccuWeather.com Chief Hurricane Expert Joe Bastardi is still predicting this to be a major impact season for the U.S.
Of the 18 to 21 named storms Bastardi is forecasting, he expects eight of them to impact the U.S. Of those eight, he is predicting five or six to be hurricanes and two of them to be major hurricanes.
While the season has been fairly quiet so far, Bastardi expects a "frenzy of activity the rest of the way."
In fact, the next hurricane of the season could develop by early next week. The AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of disturbed weather south of the Cape Verde Islands.
Computer models still show this feature evolving into a significant tropical system as it heads westward across the Atlantic this weekend into the first half of next week. The next name on the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season list is Danielle.
Whether this system directly impacts the East Coast of the U.S. is yet to be determined. The computer models have been waffling back and forth between bringing the system onshore over the East Coast at the end of next week and keeping it well offshore over the western Atlantic with no impact to land.
Until the system actually forms, there will remain a great deal of uncertainty in its track. The bottom line is that this system certainly bears watching for people along the East Coast.
People along the Gulf Coast as well as the East Coast will also have to keep their guard up over the coming weeks. The heart of hurricane season occurs from Aug. 20 to Sept. 11, but the official season lasts until Nov. 30.
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