Eye on the Tropics: Saharan dust chocking tropical wave, Invest-96L

Eye on the Tropics: Saharan dust chocking tropical wave, Invest-96L

Friday August 2. 

ORLANDO, Fla. — A strong eastern Africa tropical wave, designated Invest-96L is been monitored as it moves west over the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. This wave is located over 3,000 miles away from Florida and we have plenty of time to monitor the development and direction of this tropical disturbance. 

As forecast, plenty of Saharan dust is interacting with this system and on Friday morning the National Hurricane Center has lowered its chance of becoming a tropical system during the next five days to 40 percent. The eastern Caribbean should still monitor, but it seems like this system will be struggling with the dust particles which will inhibit strengthening. 
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Most models were calling for this system to intensify to a hurricane by Monday afternoon, but seems like the tropical wave will be struggling with Saharan Dust which could prevent it from developing. As far as possible trajectory, models show this system approaching the Lesser Antilles and threatening Puerto Rico. The Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Hispaniola need to monitor this system closely during the next few days. 


We are entering the busiest months of the hurricane season. The peak is at the beginning of September, and historically, August and September are busy months for the Atlantic basin. It is important to know your plan in case any storms threaten Central Florida.
Do you have a plan? Do you know if you are in an evacuation zone? If you are, do you know where you'd go? If you are not in an evacuation zone, do you have the necessary supplies to safeguard your home?
Do you have insurance? If necessary, do you know where your most important documents are? Are you able to ask for an extra supply of your medicines at the pharmacy? These are all questions you must know the answer to now.