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Atlantic Could Yield Tropical Storm This Week

A robust disturbance moving westward across the Atlantic could become the next tropical system to impact populated areas.

According to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski, "A well-organized disturbance rolling across the Atlantic this week will be in an environment favorable for rapid strengthening during the next few days."

"It is possible we have the second Atlantic tropical storm of the season by the middle of the week."

Thus far the Atlantic has only yielded one hurricane, Arthur, which brushed part of the East Coast during early July.

Bertha is the second name on the list of named Atlantic tropical storms on the list for 2014.

"The system will be moving over sufficiently warm water and low shear through midweek," Kottlowski said.

Shear is a zone of strong, generally west to east flowing winds above the surface of the ocean that can disrupt tropical systems.

Wind shear is rather strong over most of the Atlantic Basin early this week, as has been the case during much of the season thus far.

Later this week, the system will approach the southern part of the Leeward Islands, part of the Lesser Antilles, which border the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

"There is a chance wind shear may increase near the Lesser Antilles as the system approaches, but this is certainly a storm for interests to watch in the Lesser Antilles to Puerto Rico," Kottlowski said.