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Tracking the tropics: Watching Tropical Storms Nana and Omar

Neither are a threat to the U.S. mainland, but Nana will bring heavy rains to our neighbors to the south.

HOUSTON — The Atlantic hurricane season is still underway and still very busy.

As of Wednesday morning we are tracking two tropical storms and two tropical waves to the east.

There are no immediate threats to the U.S. mainland or the Texas coast. So we will get that good news out of the way quick.

We have Tropical Storm Omar, which became a named storm just after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, heading east into the Atlantic away from the U.S. and another, Tropical Storm Nana, in the Caribbean that is forecast to steer away from the Gulf of Mexico and head southwest.

Here is the Wednesday morning update on Tropical Storm Nana from the National Hurricane Center. You can see the NHC still expects to stay out of the Gulf. Nana will bring flooding rains and high winds to Belize and Honduras:

Tropical Storm Omar is not a threat to land and is heading east, away from the U.S. Something the meteorologists like to call a "fish storm."

As far as any future disturbances go, NOAA is also monitoring two additional waves - one in the Atlantic and the other off the coast of Africa, also heading into the Atlantic. Both have a low to moderate chance of development over the next few days. It is much too soon to know where these will go and how strong they will become. You can see these waves below in the yellow on the right:

Credit: NHC
NHC/NOAA tropics update 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, Sept 2, 2020


Colder air sweeping south

Much of the U.S. is expecting much colder air to push southward by the second week of September. These cold fronts, if they make it all the way south, will help to steer away any dangerous tropical weather for the next couple weeks at least.

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