Dorian will remain the most potent feature on the tropical weather maps into this week, but AccuWeather forecasters are monitoring several other areas in the Atlantic basin, including newly formed Tropical Storm Gabrielle.
The Atlantic has become a hotbed of tropical activity with Dorian in the center and other areas brewing to the right over the central and eastern part of the main ocean.
AccuWeather meteorologists were also keeping an eye on the western Gulf of Mexico for tropical development earlier this week. Tropical Depression Seven formed shortly before 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday. By 2 p.m. EDT, it had strengthened into Tropical Storm Fernand, the sixth named storm of the season.
Fernand made landfall in northeastern Mexico as a tropical storm at approximately 11:35 a.m. CDT Wednesday. Fernand has since weakened to a tropical rainstorm.
“At minimum, an uptick in torrential downpours and perhaps locally gusty thunderstorms will occur in northeastern Mexico and South Texas into Thursday,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Bob Smerbeck.
Isolated flooding is likely over part of the lower Rio Grande Valley.
On Tuesday afternoon, another tropical disturbance became Tropical Depression Eight in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.
The depression strengthened to Tropical Storm Gabrielle on Tuesday night. This round of showers and thunderstorms originally came from the western coast of Africa late last week.
This newly formed storm is forecast to drift westward across the tropical Atlantic throughout the week and poses no immediate threat to land. But Gabrielle could become the next hurricane in the Atlantic Basin.
Gabrielle may only be of concern for shipping over the middle of the Atlantic during the middle to latter part of next week.
Another area being monitored for tropical development has been a persistent batch of showers and thunderstorms about 200 hundred miles northeast of Bermuda. This has about a 40% chance of development this week.
A batch of showers and thunderstorms that moved off the coast of Africa at midweek has a 50% chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm into this weekend.
There is also activity in the eastern and central Pacific Ocean with Hurricane Juliette and a tropical depression southeast of the Big Island of Hawaii.