Two separate systems — one in the western Caribbean, the other in the central tropical Atlantic — could develop into tropical storms within the next few days, the National Hurricane Center said.
The center said there’s a 60% chance the Caribbean system will become a tropical storm within the next five days, and a 50% chance of development for the Atlantic one.
The first storm, a slowly budding tropical system now in the western Caribbean Sea, will slowly drift across the Yucatan Peninsula into the Gulf of Mexico over the next few days, AccuWeather said. As it passes over the Yucatan, torrential rainfall and mudslides are possible in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.
After emerging into the Gulf, the storm could potentially move toward the U.S. Gulf Coast. The storm is not forecast to become a hurricane, which occurs when winds reach 74 mph.
“It’s not so uncommon to get a named storm in the Atlantic during June,” Weather Underground said, noting Colin and Danielle developed during the month in 2016 and were the earliest C and D storms on record.
“But it’s remarkable to have two potential tropical cyclones at the same time during mid-June,” the website added.
The next names on the list of tropical storms in the Atlantic basin for 2017 are Bret and Cindy, after Arlene formed in April.