Fiona weakens, but 2 new storms brewing in the Atlantic this week

Hurricane season is heating up as predicted, and meteorologists are keeping a close eye on three storm systems moving through the Atlantic on Monday.

Tropical Depression Fiona is weakening as it moves across the central Atlantic, but two disturbances behind it have potential for development over the next few days.

The first storm system is currently a tropical wave with a 50 percent chance of formation within the next five days, according to the National Hurricane Center. Chances of the system developing into a tropical storm could increase as the storm moves near Hispaniola and environmental conditions change.

“Right now, there are lots of disagreeing models monitoring these storms,” Emily Timpte, National Weather Service meteorologist, said. “We’re keeping a close eye on both systems, but it’s too early to tell what they’ll do as conditions keep changing.”

The second system was just off the coast of Africa this morning, but has a 100 percent chance of developing into a tropical storm within the next 48 hours.

Names for the next two tropical storms will be Gaston and Hermine.

Timpte said it’s typical to see three storm systems in the Atlantic at one time during late August.

The second half of August typically brings a strong uptick in development of systems originating near Cabo Verde off the African coast, which tend to be the strongest systems in the Atlantic, according to Accuweather.