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More tropical weather activity in the Atlantic, but too early to cause concern, forecasters say

"There's no reason to go into panic mode," said Dennis Feltgen, head of communications at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. "It's way to early to know where those two things are headed."
14 Sep 2017 – 1:09 PM EDT

The National Hurricane Center weather map shows two new tropical waves forming in the Atlantic, but forecasters say they are still too far away to predict their paths.

"There's no reason to go into panic mode," said Dennis Feltgen, head of communications at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. "It's way to early to know where those two things are headed."

The hurricane center will be monitoring the tropical systems and should have a better idea in a couple of days if they could pose a threat to the Caribbean or the United States.

Concerned residents of the Caribbean and Florida can monitor the storm forecast here.

Feltgen added that we are approaching the time of year when hurricanes cease "rolling off the coast of Africa," and instead start forming in the warm waters of the Caribbean basin.

One tropical wave, 96L, was located about 800 miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands and was producing widespread showers and thunderstorms. "Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for gradual development of this system, and a tropical depression could form early next week while it moves westward at around 15 mph across the tropical Atlantic," the national hurricane center said. Some mdoels show it could develop and enter the Caribbean.

The second system, 97L, was located between the west coast of Africa and the Cabo Verde Islands, is producing a large area of disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity. "Some development of this system is possible over the next few days before upper-level winds become less favorable," the hurricane center said.

Read an analysis from the forecasters at Weather Underground here.

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