As Hurricane Jose spins northward while out to sea in the Atlantic, two other systems are gaining strength.
A storm system, currently dubbed potential tropical cyclone number 15, is getting itself together and could strengthen into a hurricane, according to a mid-morning update from National Hurricane Center on Saturday.
The storm churned several hundred miles away from the Lesser Antilles on Saturday, and was forecast to strengthen over the next couple of days as it is expected to drift over waters with favorable conditions for boosting it.
The system is expected to become a tropical storm later Saturday and possibly a hurricane when it reaches the already-storm beaten Leeward Islands early in the week, forecasters said.
The storm is expected to bring heavy rainfall and flooding as it moves over parts of the Lesser Antilles and could create similar impacts for the storm-torn Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by mid week, weather authorities said.
It’s a system that should be watched by those in potential impact areas, forecasters said. A tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Dominica, and a watch could be issued for parts of the Leeward Islands on Monday, weather authorities said.
Meanwhile, another disturbance formed into now-named storm, Tropical Storm Lee on Saturday; however, this new system is expected to fluctuate and weaken over the next few days, forecasters said.
Lee isn’t expected to near Caribbean waters until late next week, and it’s likely the system won’t threaten land, forecasters said.
While Hurricane Jose isn’t posing a threat to land, he is stirring up trouble for swimmers along the Grand Strand and other coastal areas as he passes by hundreds of miles from the shores as a Category 1 hurricane.
Jose is passing the SC coastal area this weekend and will be moving far out from North Carolina on Monday, according to a NHC weather graphic.
Forecasters warn area beaches will experience hazardous conditions, including potentially deadly rip currents, caused by swells from Jose. Those dangerous conditions will last through Saturday and Sunday, weather authorities said.