Earl becomes a hurricane as Danielle weakens in the Atlantic

MIAMI — The Atlantic was buzzing with activity on Tuesday, with forecasters watching four systems:

A tropical wave is expected to enter the Atlantic via West Africa, and a disturbance in the East Atlantic could turn into a tropical depression in the next few days. A battling Hurricane Danielle could lose tropical strength this week. And Earl turned into a hurricane Tuesday night.

The National Hurricane Center announced on Tuesday that it is monitoring a new tropical wave over West Africa.

The system is expected to emerge in the eastern Atlantic in a day or two, where conditions could be favorable for some development as it moves west-northwest. It had a 0% chance of educating over the next 48 hours and a low 20% chance of educating over the next five days from the 8:00 p.m. Eastern time recommendation.

Forecasters are also watching another fault in the eastern Atlantic, which has a 50% chance of forming in the next 48 hours and a 60% chance of forming in the next five days. The low-pressure area produced disorganized showers and thunderstorms from the Cabo Verde Islands to several hundred miles southwest.

While the disturbance could turn into a depression as it moves west-west-northwest, forecasters in the recommendation also noted that upper-level winds are expected to become “less conducive to development” later this week.

Earl became a hurricane with winds of 80 miles per hour Tuesday night, the NHC said in its 8 p.m. advisory.

Hurricane Earl is moving north and this movement is expected to continue through Wednesday, with a gradual north-northeast turn on Thursday.

On the forecast route, central Earl is expected to pass southeast of Bermuda on Friday morning. As a result, the Bermuda Weather Service issued a Tropical Storm Watch.

Earl’s wind speeds are expected to peak at 125 miles per hour on Friday, making it a strong Category 3 hurricane.

Hurricane Earl’s wind speeds are expected to peak at 125 miles per hour on Friday, making it a strong Category 3 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center. National Hurricane Center

“Earl’s Center is expected to pass southeast of Bermuda in 48 to 60 hours,” the NHC said. “However, the size of the tropical cyclone’s wind field is expected to increase significantly, and the Bermuda Weather Service has issued a tropical storm watch for the island of Bermuda.”

Hurricane Danielle is holding its own over the north-central Atlantic with winds of 75 miles per hour, the NHC said in its 8 p.m. advisory.

“The structure of the cyclone has stabilized since early morning and cloud cover has cooled slightly over the past few hours, suggesting that any weakening that occurred overnight has ended temporarily,” the NHC said.

The combination of cooler water and Danielle’s interaction with another system, the NHC said, should cause it to weaken even further, turning into a large posttropical system by Thursday.

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