MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Today is the first day of Hurricane Season and chances for tropical development continue to increase with the remnants of Eastern Pacific Tropical Storm Amanda.
While this system does not pose a threat to the Carolinas, it could be our third named storm of the season. If that happens, it would be named Cristobal.
A large area of disturbed weather, associated with the remnants of eastern Pacific Tropical Storm Amanda, is located over the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. This disturbance is forecast to move northwestward over the southeastern portion of the Bay of Campeche later today or tonight where environmental conditions are expected to be conducive to support development, and a new tropical depression is likely to form within within the next day or so.
The system is then forecast to drift west or west-southwest over the southern Bay of Campeche through the middle of the week. Interests along the coast of the Bay of Campeche should monitor the progress of this disturbance. Regardless of tropical cyclone formation, heavy rainfall is likely to continue over portions of southern Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, and western Honduras during the next few days.
The chance of formation is at 80% over the next two and five days.