Tropics watch: Hurricane Center watching system off coast of Africa, tropical wave in Caribbean

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A new system has popped up in the Atlantic basin.

The system off the coast of Africa currently has a low potential for development but it has a long way to go as it moves west.

Forecasters also are watching another couple of tropical waves.

The closest tropical wave to the U.S. is located south of Cuba, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

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Here's the latest update from the NHC as of 8 a.m. June 23:

What's out there and where are they?

Tropical waves

  • A tropical wave over the eastern Atlantic off the coast of Africa is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms.

  • Another tropical wave is located west of Cape Verde. It's moving to the west.

  • A third tropical wave is located in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and Haiti south of Cuba. It's also moving to the west.

How likely is it to strengthen?

Environmental conditions could become conducive for gradual development of the tropical wave highlighted by the Hurricane Center by early next week as the disturbance moves west at around 15 mph over the tropical Atlantic.

  • Formation chance through 48 hours: low, near 0 percent.

  • Formation chance through 5 days: low, 20 percent.

Who is likely to be impacted?

It's too early at this time to determine if there will be any impact to the U.S. from any of the tropical waves.

Forecasters urge all residents to continue monitoring the tropics and to always be prepared during what's expected to be an active hurricane season.

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The next five days

See the National Hurricane Center's five-day graphical tropical weather outlook below.

What's out there?

Systems currently being monitored by the National Hurricane Center.

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This article originally appeared on Naples Daily News: NHC watching tropical waves in Atlantic basin, system off Africa