TROPICS UPDATE: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2019
HURRICANE LORENZO WILL IMPACT THE AZORES ISLANDS TONIGHT. THE SWELLS RADIATING FROM THE GIANT STORM WILL PEAK ALONG THE EAST COAST OF THE U.S. TODAY. THERE ARE A COUPLE OF WEAK TROPICAL DISTURBANCES NEAR FLORIDA, BUT NEITHER ARE A THREAT.
Giant HURRICANE LORENZO is slowly weakening as it makes its final approach to the Azores Islands off Portugal. The winds across those islands will peak late tonight. Lorenzo is still expected to be at hurricane strength when the center moves over or near the western Azores, though the storms winds will affect much of the island chain. Late in the week, a weaker version of the storm is forecast to impact Ireland and Great Britain.
The huge expanse of winds in Lorenzo’s circulation is putting energy into the ocean water, which is pushing big swells all the way to the U.S. East Coast.
The Lorenzo-generate swells won’t reach South Florida, however, because the energy is blocked by the Bahamas between us and the storm. North of the Palm Beaches, with nothing to block the energy, the swells from Lorenzo are adding to the King Tides.
TROPICAL DISTURBANCE #1 is moving by to our south. Some of that system's moisture will increase humidity levels across South Florida beginning about Thursday. The disturbance will move into the Gulf, and has a very slight chance of developing as it tracks toward the Mexican coast.
TROPICAL DISTURBANCE #2 is long and strung out. It also has a very slight chance of organizing into a tropical depression as it heads out to sea.
Neither disturbance is a threat to SOUTH FLORIDA.
ELSEWHERE, no tropical development is expected through the weekend.