The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's prediction for an above-average hurricane season is coming true: Two more storms are brewing in the Atlantic Ocean this week.
In the eastern Atlantic, Tropical Storm Erin made its mark as the fifth named storm of the season on Thursday. Erin is currently centered around the southern Cape Verde Islands with wind speeds of about 40 mph.
The system will bring heavy rain and winds to the Cape Verde Islands, according to Weather Channel forecasters, before moving west-northwest on a path toward Puerto Rico, though it won't reach land by early next week and will not have any immediate impact on the United States.
Meanwhile, a storm in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico is strengthening. Forecasters believe the system has a good chance of developing, as warm water temperatures are expected to hold strong, and cross winds that weaken storms are disappearing.
It still isn't clear, however, if the system will develop into a tropical depression or a tropical storm. Either way, the system will bring the potential for heavy rain and possible flooding in the Southeast, between southern Louisiana and the Florida panhandle.
"With a very wet summer thus far, even just a little rain could cause isolated flooding problems," reported AccuWeather Meteorologist Courtney Spamer. "However, with the increasing likelihood of more rain with this tropical system, flooding will be a huge risk, especially along the Gulf coast and into the southern Appalachians."