Tropics Becoming Increasingly Active

Tropical Depression Chantal's still alive, but might not make it through the weekend. Once a Tropical Storm, Chantal's winds have dropped to just 30 miles per hour Friday as it drifts slowly southward in the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The storm, currently located 775 miles west of The Azores, is likely to begin a westward movement Saturday, before likely dissipating altogether by Sunday or Monday.

Things are, however, becoming more active elsewhere in the Atlantic. A storm is becoming increasingly well-organized off the South Florida coast. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center expect a good likelihood that this will become a Tropical Depression this weekend. Current model projections take this system up the East Coast, though it's unclear where, if anywhere, a potential landfall would occur.

Much farther to the east, another system's beginning to come together. This storm, still more than 1,000 miles east of the Windward Islands, has been given a 60% chance of developing into a Tropical Depression either late this weekend or early next week. The good news here is that this storm would be many, many days away from having any impact on land.

Should these storms reach Tropical Storm or Hurricane status, the first one, most likely the one near Florida, would be Dorian, while the second would be named Erin.