Tropical wave in Atlantic no threat to South Carolina right now

Tropics Watch.png

We are only a month into hurricane season, yet there is another area of interest in the Atlantic. This area of low pressure, labelled 94L, is located about 600 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.

It remains unorganized at this time, with showers and thunderstorms, and only a 20 percent chance of development over the next two days. The chance of development rises to 70 percent over the next five days.

"There's nothing out in the tropics right now," ABC News 4 chief meteorologist Dave Williams says. "It hasn't formed into anything. Right now, it's nothing more than a tropical wave."

This tropical disturbance is stationary now, but will eventually begin moving west-northwest. It could become a tropical depression later this week if the wind shear remains low and it can overcome the dry air to the north.

Invest 94L is certainly something to watch, but is not a threat to South Carolina at this time.

"I don't get too worried about a storm until the Hurricane Hunters go out and fly into the storm," Williams says. "Right now, there are no plans in the next two days for the Hurricane Hunters to go out and fly into any system in the Atlantic Basin. That means we don't have a threat here in the Lowcountry anytime soon."

There have already been three tropical systems in the Atlantic Basin this year.

Tropical Storm Arlene formed in the Atlantic in April and remained out at sea.

Tropical Storm Bret fell apart as it moved into the Southeastern Caribbean and was the lowest latitude named storm in the month of June since 1933.

Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall between Port Arthur, Texas, and Cameron, Louisiana.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off