PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Two Atlantic storms were named Tuesday, with Tropical Storm Nana forming out of a disturbance in the Caribbean and then Tropical Storm Omar organizing for what could be a short run east of North Carolina.
Neither is a threat to South Florida, but both break records for the earliest storm named for their letter.
The earliest “N” storm in an Atlantic hurricane season had been Nate on Sept. 6, 2005, while the earliest “O” had been Ophelia, formed on Sept. 7, 2005.
Tropical Storm Nana
Located about 590 miles east of Belize City, Nana has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center, which declared it a tropical storm shortly after noon upon receiving data from Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft.
Those Hurricane Hunters were investigating to see if they could find a closed circulation in what had been previously called Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixteen.
“On the forecast track, Nana will be moving near but north of the coast of Honduras on Wednesday and likely be approaching the coast of Belize on Thursday,” the Hurricane Center said in its 5 p.m. advisory. “Strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Nana could become a hurricane just prior to landfall on Thursday.”
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Yucatan, Mexico, from Puerto Costa Maya to Chetumal.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Northern Honduras, Roatan Island and the Bay Islands of Honduras, the Caribbean Sea coast of Guatemala and Belize.
Tropical Storm Omar
Omar became a tropical storm around 5 p.m. Tuesday. It was about 225 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and heading further east.
The storm has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph but is not currently a threat to land and is forecast to weaken later in the week, far out in the Atlantic.