Hurricane forecasters tracking disturbances in Caribbean, Atlantic, along with TD Henri


Hurricane forecasters on Monday were tracking Tropical Depression Henri, along with disturbances in the Caribbean and the Atlantic.

Tropical Depression Henri is moving over New England. It's too early to tell if the other two disturbances could threaten Louisiana.

The shaded area on the graphic is where a storm could develop and is not a track. The National Hurricane Center releases a track when a tropical depression forms or is about to form.

The categories, in order of increasing strength, are tropical depression, tropical storm and hurricane (categories 1 through 5). Systems are named when they develop into a tropical storm. The next available name is Ida.

Here’s what to know about the tropics as of 7 a.m. Monday from the National Hurricane Center.

Disturbance in the Caribbean

image via National Hurricane Center

Hurricane forecasters are tracking a tropical wave over the eastern Caribbean Sea. It's expected to form a broad area of low pressure over the southwestern Caribbean Sea by late this week.

Environment conditions are forecast to be favorable for gradual development while the system moves northwest.

It has a 30% chance of developing into at least a tropical depression within five days.

Disturbance in the Atlantic

image via National Hurricane Center

A low pressure system was about 700 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands early Monday, forecasters said.

It's moving northwest at 10 to 15 mph. Little development is expected during the next couple of days, forecasters said. However, conditions should change toward the middle of the week and gradual development is possible.

It has a 30% chance of developing into a tropical depression within five days.

Tropical Depression Henri

Matt Prue, from Stonington, Conn., takes photos of the waves as Tropical Storm Henri approaches Westerly, R.I., Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Stew Milne

Tropical Depression Henri was bringing heavy rain to New England and the mid-Atlantic states Monday morning.

As of 10 a.m., Henri was about 45 miles northeast of New York City and about 60 miles southwest of Harford, Connecticut, according to the National Weather Service.

It's moving moving slowly at 6 mph and has started to turn east.

It has winds of 30 mph and little change in strength is expected in the next 48 hours.

Read the full advisory.

Next available name

Mackie Dickens spreads out a wet American flag beach towel across the front steps of her daughter's home in Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura destroyed the house on Thursday, August 27, 2020. The area just behind Dickens is where the living room once stood. (Photo by Chris Granger, NOLA.com, The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)

PHOTO BY CHRIS GRANGER

The next available name is Ida. Systems are named when they strengthen into tropical storms.

Tropical storms Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Elsa, Fred, Grace and Henri formed earlier this season. Elsa became the first hurricane of the season, and Grace became the second.

Claudette developed in the Gulf of Mexico and dumped several inches of rain on Slidell, flooding homes and streets.

Last year, there were so many storms that forecasters ran out of names and had to use the Greek alphabet. It's only the second time in recorded history that the Greek names had been used.

Things have changed for this season. If needed, forecasters will use a list of supplemental storm names instead of the Greek names. See the full list.

Tips to prepare for hurricane season

Home Depot department supervisor Arnaldo Gonzalez loads water bottles into Elena Arvalo's cart as shoppers prepare for tropical weather in Miami on Saturday, July 3, 2021. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP)

Forecasters say now is the time to review hurricane plans and make sure your property is ready for hurricane season. Here are some tips from the National Weather Service for how to prepare for the season:

  • Put together an emergency kit.
  • Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, generators and storm shutters.
  • Before an emergency happens, make a plan with your family or close friends and decide how you will get in touch and where you will go if there's an emergency.
  • Plan your evacuation route and have an alternate route.
  • Review your insurance policies.
  • Keep your trees around your home trimmed to prevent damage from broken branches.
  • Have materials in advance to board windows to protect them from flying debris.

See more tips.

Storm categories

The Atlantic Basin hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, but storms can form any time.

STAFF PHOTO BY CHRIS GRANGER

On the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, the wind categories are:

  • Tropical storm: 39 to 73 mph
  • Category 1 hurricane: 74 to 95 mph
  • Category 2 hurricane: 96 to 110 mph
  • Category 3 hurricane (major hurricane): 111 to 129 mph
  • Category 4 hurricane: 130-156 mph
  • Category 5 hurricane: 157 mph and higher

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Carlie Kollath Wells is a morning reporter at NOLA.com and The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate.