NHC: Tropical Storm Bill forms off North Carolina coast


The National Hurricane Center (NHC) upgraded Tropical Depression 2 to Tropical Storm Bill late Monday night.

The NHC said in its 11 p.m. update that the storm is moving northeast at 23 mph with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.

FOX 35 Storm Team Meteorologist Brooks Garner said Bill is not expected to be a threat to land.


The NHC said that a strong tropical wave has formed just offshore of West Africa. 

It is said to be producing disorganized showers and thunderstorm activity. Some development is possible during the next few days but a dry air aloft and strong upper-level winds limit any chance of formation while the wave is over the central tropical Atlantic Ocean later in the week.

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They added that the tropical wave only has a 20 percent chance of development over the next five days.


Then, forecasters said that there is a broad low-pressure area over the Bay of Campeche that is gradually developing and now has a 60 percent chance of development over the next five days. It could become a tropical depression later in the week while moving northward into the central Gulf of Mexico.


Regardless of development, this broad low-pressure area of showers and thunderstorms will reportedly bring rain to portions of Central America and southern Mexico over the next several days.

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After Bill, the next two named storms in the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season are Claudette and Danny.


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