Peak Hurricane Season Here, Tropical Threats May Form in Atlantic During September

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potential for direct impact on the coastal United States in the days ahead

AccuWeather.com – With the peak of hurricane season close at hand, there are signs that the tropical Atlantic may soon spring to life with the potential for direct impact on the coastal United States in the days ahead.

People along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts, as well as the Caribbean, have enjoyed an extended period with no great concern for tropical activity during August.

However, things are likely to change, and that change may be rapid.

“There are signs now that wind shear may drop over a significant part of the Atlantic basin over the next couple of weeks,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno.

Wind shear is the increase in wind speed with altitude and over geographical distance. Strong wind shear can prevent a tropical storm from forming or may cause a hurricane to weaken.

“In the short term, there is an area just west of the coast of Africa, near Cabo Verde, that bears watching,” according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

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State Tropical Atlantic Wide Look Wednesday

This animation taken on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, shows the tropical Atlantic. The system that may develop near Cabo Verde the next few days is located to the far right. Meanwhile, a group of showers and storm can be seen near the Lesser Antilles in the center of the animation. This is the system that may develop near Florida later this weekend. (NOAA / GOES)

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