Low pressure area in western Atlantic may develop, hurricane center says

Paola Pérez, Orlando Sentinel
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Hurricane forecasters are keeping a close eye on a trough of low pressure in the western Atlantic on Sunday morning.

The trough is producing disorganized showers and a few thunderstorms between Bermuda and the Bahamas, according to the National Hurricane Center.

It has a “slight chance” of gaining subtropical characteristics over the next day or two before it merges with a cold front, NHC senior hurricane specialist John Cangialosi said in the latest advisory.

The disturbance is moving toward the northeast and away from Florida.

“Later this week, this system may have a second opportunity to develop subtropical characteristics if it becomes separated from the front and meanders over the central Atlantic,” Cangialosi said.

The trough has a 10% chance of developing into a tropical depression or a tropical storm over the next two to five days.

If it forms, the system would be the 31st named storm of the 2020 hurricane season and be given the Greek letter Kappa.

The 2020 season has seen a record number of named storms. The previous 2005 record for named storms was 29, which was surpassed last week with the formation of Tropical Storm Theta on Nov. 10.

The official end of hurricane season is Nov. 30.

Paola Pérez can be reached at paoperez@orlandosentinel.com or on Twitter @pdesiperez.

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