Now the National Hurricane Center is tracking two disturbances, one in the western Atlantic and one in the central Caribbean.
Welcome to the opening day of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season.
The Atlantic disturbance was just off Daytona Beach as of 2 p.m. on Wednesday. It’s becoming less likely that it will become a tropical depression or storm simply because it doesn’t have enough time.
Forecasters lowered the odds of its developing from 30 to 20 percent.
The low-pressure area is expected to move inland over Central Florida on Wednesday afternoon and aim southwest toward Tampa, where it should emerge over the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday morning.
Once over water again, conditions are only marginally favorable for development, said hurricane specialists Richard Pasch and Robbie Berg.
During its trek across Florida, it could produce heavy rains. The Orlando area already has experienced stormy weather.
The other disturbance, a large sloppy area of rain in the west-central Caribbean, was given a 10 percent chance of developing over the next two days.
Although it was stationary on Wednesday, it is expected to move into a more favorable environment and some gradual strengthening is possible on Thursday and Friday.
It’s too early to say whether it might pose a threat to Florida. However, according to Jeff Masters of Weather Underground, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Cuba and Haiti should be ready for potentially heavy rain from the system.
To help you prepare for the storm season, here are some tips:
-- Emergency phone numbers:
-- How to survive a hurricane;
-- How to secure documents;
-- Supply lists;
-- Five ways to prepare your condo or home for hurricane season;
-- Gadgets and apps to help you prepare;
-- Video: Hurricane Preparation and Survival Tips.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times