WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - With only one month left in the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, the tropical Atlantic has come roaring back to life over the last few days. The National Hurricane Center is now monitoring three systems in the Atlantic.
Tropical storm Shary formed south of Bermuda last night. Shary is the eighteenth named storm in the Atlantic this year. 2010 is now tied with 1969 as the fifth most active hurricane season as far as named storms. Shary will move near Bermuda then become extratropical in the days ahead as it moves into the colder water of the north Atlantic. It will also encounter strong jet stream winds.
A very impressive and large tropical wave is approaching South America and the Lesser Antilles. Hurricane hunters will investigate this system later today and if they find a circulation we'll have a new tropical depression or storm. Several models show this system moving into the Caribbean and possibly becoming a hurricane next week. This will depend on the storm not weakening too much as it moves near or over South America. Tomas is the next name on the list.
Another storm in the east Atlantic has a 40-50% shot of becoming a tropical depression. If this storm develops it likely won't affect any land masses. These storms remind us that indeed hurricane season really does not end until the end of November.