Hurricane forecasters are beginning to monitor a new tropical wave over the eastern tropical Atlantic that moved off the west coast of Africa Tuesday. This system is currently located a few hundred miles south of the Cabo Verde Islands and is moving to the west at around 20 mph. The wave is producing widespread clouds and rain showers over the area.

NOAA/Colorado State University/RAMMB 07/19/2023 12:50 pm CDT

The system is presently in an environment with quite a bit of dry air that is expected to limit significant organization over the couple of days. However, forecasts call for the system to move into an environment over the central tropical Atlantic that is a bit more conducive for tropical development this weekend. Right now, NHC forecasters are giving this system a low probability (20 percent) for tropical development over the next 7 days. Stay tuned for additional updates.

Out across the north central Atlantic, Tropical Storm Don is gaining strength, but poses no threat to any land areas. As of 4 pm Wednesday, the center of Tropical Storm Don was located roughly 795 miles west-southwest of the Azores. Don was moving toward the west near 8 mph. The storm should move generally west-northwestward Thursday into Friday, then turn northwestward or northward on Saturday. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 45 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast over the next day or so, with little change in intensity expected afterwards through Saturday.