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Tropics watch: Tropical weather update for Wednesday, Sept. 2

Cheryl McCloud
Florida Today

The National Hurricane Center is tracking a tropical storm, a tropical depression, a tropical wave and an area of low pressure.

Here's the latest update from the NHC as of Wednesday, Sept. 2: 

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Tropics 2 p.m. Sept. 2, 2020

What's out there and where are they?

1. Tropical Storm Nana: Nana continues to move west and is expected to become a hurricane tonight. Nana is the earliest 14th named storm on record. The prior record was Nate on Sept.  6, 2005.

2. Tropical Depression Omar: Omar has weakened to a tropical depression, according to the NHC;s 5 p.m. update. Omar is located about 265 miles north of Bermuda. No watches or warning have been issued. Omar set a record Tuesday for the earliest 15th named storm previously held by Ophelia, which formed Sept. 7, 2005.

3. Disturbance 1: Showers and thunderstorms associated with an area of low pressure located about midway between the Windward Islands and west Africa remain disorganized.

4. Disturbance 2: A tropical wave, located just off the coast of west Africa, is producing limited showers. The wave is expected to merge with a disturbance centered a couple of hundred miles southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands toward the end of the week.

How likely are they to strengthen?

1. Tropical Storm Nana: Strengthening is expected, and Nana is forecast to become a hurricane tonight before it reaches the coast of Belize.

2. Tropical Depression Omar: Weakened to a tropical depression as of 5 p.m..

3.  Disturbance 1:

  • Formation chance through 48 hours: 20%
  • Formation chance through 5 days: 30%

4. Disturbance 2: A tropical depression could form by this weekend

  • Formation chance through 48 hours: 10%
  • Formation chance through 5 days: 60%

Tropical Storm Nana

Tropical Storm Nana 2 p.m. Sept. 2, 2020

Tropical Storm Nana is expected to strengthen and is forecast to become a hurricane tonight before it reaches the coast of Belize. Weakening is expected after landfall.

  • Location: 65 miles northeast of Isla Roatan, Honduras
  • Maximum sustained winds: 60 mph
  • Present movement: west at 15 mph

Tropical Depression Omar

Tropical Storm Omar 11 a.m. Sept. 2, 2020

Tropical Depression Omar has weakened to a tropical depression.

  • Location: 265 miles north of Bermuda
  • Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph
  • Present movement: east at 14 mph

Who is likely to be impacted?

Tropical Storm Nana: Hurricane conditions are expected in the Hurricane Warning area in Belize tonight and early Thursday, with tropical storm conditions expected by tonight. Tropical Storm conditions are expected in the Tropical Storm Warning area in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico by tonight, with hurricane conditions possible in the Hurricane Watch area tonight. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area in Honduras, including Isla Roatan and the Bay Islands, today and tonight.

Tropical Depression Omar: There are no hazards affecting land.

Disturbances 1 and 2: It's still too early at this time to determine whether Florida will feel the impact from these systems. Forecasters advise all residents to stay informed and be prepared during this very active hurricane season.

Tracking the tropics in real time:

These graphics, which update automatically, show you activity in the tropics in real time:

Watches/warnings issued

1. Tropical Storm Nana:

Hurricane warning issued for:

  • The coast of Belize from Belize City southward to the Belize-Guatemala border.

Hurricane watch issued for:

  • The coast of Belize north of Belize city to the Belize-Mexico border

Tropical storm watches issued for:

  •  Northern coast of Honduras from Punta Patuca westward to the Guatemala border
  •  Isla Roatan and the Bay Islands of Honduras

Tropical storm warnings issued for:

  • Yucatan Mexico from Puerto Costa Maya to Chetumal
  • The coast of Belize north of Belize city to the Belize-Mexico border
  • Caribbean Sea coast of Guatemala

2. Tropical Storm Omar

No coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

What's next?

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