Tropics heating up: 4 storms under watch

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The National Hurricane Center is monitoring four areas of interest, including Hurricane Cristobal, as the tropics appearing to becoming more active and just in time for the September hurricane season peak. The National Hurricane Center is monitoring four areas of interest, including Hurricane Cristobal, as the tropics appearing to becoming more active and just in time for the September hurricane season peak. The National Hurricane Center is monitoring four areas of interest, including Hurricane Cristobal, as the tropics appear to be getting more active just in time for the September hurricane season peak activity period.

Hurricane Cristobal wobbles, still but forecast to move out to sea

As of the 11 a.m. advisory, the National Hurricane Center said that Hurricane Cristobal wobbled a little bit to the left. However, all model forecasts continue to show Cristobal moving toward the North Atlantic and not making landfall. However, its sustained winds could increase to 85 mph later today or tomorrow.

As of 11 a.m., Hurricane Cristobal was 300 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and moving north at 12 mph. Its maximum sustained winds were 80 mph.

Hurricane Cristobal is forecast to continue its path toward the northern Atlantic Ocean./NHC Hurricane Cristobal is forecast to continue its path toward the northern Atlantic Ocean./NHC Hurricane Cristobal is expected to result in dangerous swimming conditions in the Jersey Shore area today and tomorrow. See Hurricane Cristobal to cause dangerous rip currents

Gulf of Mexico disturbance

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring increasing shower and thunderstorm activity in the western Gulf of Mexico. There is a 20 percent chance of development during the next five days. Forecast models have this system, currently called Invest 98, developing into a tropical storm as it moves west and into the Texas-Mexico border region by Saturday.

Central Atlantic Ocean tropical wave

A tropical wave about 600 miles east of the Lesser Antilles continues to produce disorganized cloudiness and showers as it moves westward. It is expected to move into favorable areas for development early next week in the Caribbean Sea or Gulf of Mexico. There is only a 10 percent chance of development until then.

Eastern Atlantic Ocean tropical wave

A tropical wave is forecast to move off the west coast of Africa Friday. Conditions appear to be favorable for some development while the system moves westward at 10 to 15 mph across the eastern Atlantic Ocean. There is a 40 percent chance of development before the end of the Labor Day weekend.

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