SAN ANTONIO – Atlantic hurricane season peaks from mid-August to mid-October. Right on cue, the Atlantic Basin is heating up.
Tropical Storm Laura
Tropical Depression Thirteen strengthened into Tropical Storm Laura Friday morning near the Leeward Islands. As of Friday evening, it was maintaining its Tropical Storm status.
The latest track from the National Hurricane Center takes Tropical Storm Laura west toward the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and the Florida Keys over the next four days.
Tropical Depression Fourteen
Tropical Depression Fourteen developed Thursday morning in the Caribbean. As of Friday evening, it’s still at Tropical Depression status. However, further strengthening is expected and the system could become a Tropical Storm by Saturday.
By early next week, this system is expected to move into the Central Gulf of Mexico. However, confidence in how it could affect our South Texas forecast at this time is still low.
Impact to Texas Coast
As mentioned above, it is still too early to know what kind of impacts -- if any -- these two systems could bring to parts of the Texas Gulf Coast. We’ll continue to keep you up-to-date and informed in our forecasts online and on-air.
You can follow along with Your Weather Authority as we continue to track the tropics by downloading the KSAT Weather Authority app for Apple or Android and allow notifications for updates, including livestreams from KSAT meteorologists.
Our KSAT Hurricane Tracker app also allows you to monitor the tropics from your phone during the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs until November 30.
Types of Tropical Systems
Tropical systems have various names, depending on their wind strength. Watch the video below as KSAT Meteorologist Sarah Spivey takes some time to explain the different tropical categories.