Weather alert: Hurricane forecasters watching tropical waves in Caribbean, Atlantic

August 13, 2013 

The National Hurricane Center on Tuesday was keeping an eye on two tropical waves, one in the Caribbean Sea and the other in the Atlantic Ocean off of the African coast.

There is a "medium chance" that a tropical wave in the southwestern Caribbean Sea could develop into a tropical storm or hurricane within the next five days, the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday.

As of 2 p,m., cloudiness and showers associated with the wave extended from Central America northeastward to near Jamaica.

"Upper-level winds are expected to become more favorable for development over the next couple of days while the disturbance moves toward the Yucatan Peninsula," the Hurricane Center said.

The system has a 20 percent, or "low," chance of developing into a storm during the next 48 hours; and a 30 percent, or "medium," chance of developing during the next five days, the Hurricane Center said.

A second tropical wave was located near the west coast of Africa and was producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms.

"Upper-level winds are expected to be conducive for some development of this disturbance during the next few days until the wave enters a more stable environment by the weekend," the Hurricane Center.

The Hurricane Center said the system had a 10 percent chance of developing into a tropical storm over the next two days, and 20 percent chance in the next five days, while it moves westward and then west-northwestward at 10 mph.

Meanwhile in Bradenton, the National Weather Service for Tuesday is calling for mostly sunny skies and high near 93 -- and heat index values as high as 101. The chance of rain is 30 percent, with scattered showers and thunderstorms most likely between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Tuesday night's low should be around 75, according to the Weather Service.

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