Time to look ahead. A strong tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic near 14N 34W has become Tropical Storm Isabel - the 9th named storm of the season. Many of you were correct in your observation that this unclassified system had reached Depression status last night. Isabel is expected to slowly strengthen as she moves westward and then west northwestward at 10-12 knots. Isabel has excellent outflow in the western semicircle and very little shear to contend with, so folks in the Islands need to watch this one closely during the week ahead.
Hurricane Fabian moving northeast in the Atlantic now well northeast of Bermuda and this general motion should continue for quite a few days. Fabian still has excellent form and will move into the northern Atlantic as a strong Category II Hurricane/Extratropical Storm.
Tropical Depression Henri will soon exit into the Atlantic near or just south of Daytona Beach as he moves off to the east northeast and northeast at 20-25 knots. Henri could again attain Tropical Storm strength as he moves into the open Atlantic
The cyclone is small but persistent so he could remain on the tracking charts for a few more days.
A new wave exiting the coast of west Africa has excellent structure and appears to have an area of circulation. This wave has enough separation between itself and Isabel to develop as a separate system, however as Isabel intensifies, the new system should be pulled more off to the west northwest.
Looks like yet another interesting week of storm tracking for us, and in a short while I'll present you with a forecasting challenge in the Storm Forum.
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