Caribbean disturbance ‘Invest 98L’ could bring trouble to Florida & Gulf of Mexico next week

Raging ocean caused by tropical disturbance Invest 98L – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Drew McArthur

FOX Forecast Center meteorologists are closely tracking a tropical disturbance developing near South America, which is likely to transform into a stronger storm system in the next few days.

The system has been named Disturbance 1, however, the National Hurricane Center has designated it as Invest 98L. “Invest” is a moniker used by the NHC to determine an area of weather monitored for possible development into a minimum of a tropical depression within the next couple of days.

Since Wednesday, Hurricane Hunters have been conducting missions into Invest 98L. These flights’ data are essential for improving forecasts for tropical weather.

A disturbance is deemed to be a tropical depression once it has a center of circulation and has sustained winds of 38 mph or less. It will be given a name and be classified as a tropical storm once its winds reach 39–73 mph.

Here is all the information you need to know about Invest 98L, also known as Disturbance 1 by FOX Weather.

Where is Invest 98L currently located?

Invest 98L was in the southeast Caribbean Sea on Thursday afternoon and had grown into a low-pressure system, just beyond the Venezuelan coast.

The so-called ABC island chain, which consists of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao, as well as northern Venezuela, has all experienced harsh weather as a result.

Where is Invest 98L going?

Invest 98L, which is now affecting areas of the Windward Islands, northern Venezuela, and the so-called ABC island chain of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao is located in the southeast Caribbean and is expected to produce heavy rain, strong winds, and rough seas during the next few days.

Storms are expected to move into northern Colombia late Thursday. As the disturbance moves over the Caribbean over the following few days, a tropical depression is most likely to develop.

The system is expected to approach the continental United States next week, with potential impacts on both the Florida Peninsula and the Gulf of Mexico region.

Where Invest 98L is going the following week cannot yet be predicted with any degree of accuracy. The system’s final location will depend on a number of variables, including how quickly it develops and where the jet stream is located. Anyone with interests in Florida or the Gulf Coast should closely monitor the prediction.

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