MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - More tropical development possible later this week in the Caribbean.
Tropical Storm Theta
Tropical Storm Theta has continued to gradually strengthen in the far eastern Atlantic. It’s expected to move into an area of cooler weather temperatures, leading to a weakening trend through the remainder of the week. By Sunday, the storm will likely be close to dissipation but some of the moisture from Theta may find its way into Europe.
Theta will pose no threat to the United States.
Tropical Storm Eta
Tropical Storm Eta has gotten a little better organized with sustained winds of 65 mph. The storm has been taking a track closer to Florida and that has required a shift east in the forecast track. This increases the odds of tropical storm-force winds along the west coast of Florida.
Cooler water temperatures and increasing wind shear will likely cause the storm to dissipate shortly after making landfall in northern Florida.
While no direct impact to the Carolinas, a lot of tropical moisture will be feeding in from Eta. This will lead to a round of heavy rain both Wednesday and Thursday in our area. Rain totals could surpass 3″ in spots through the end of the week.
Chance of Development
A tropical wave located over the eastern Caribbean Sea is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. The wave is expected to move westward into more conducive environmental conditions over the next several days, and a tropical depression is likely to form late this week or this weekend when the wave reaches the central or western Caribbean Sea. The chance of development over the next five days is at 70%.