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Activity ramping up in the Atlantic as we enter most active part of 2018 hurricane season

Posted: 8:36 PM, Aug 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-30 01:00:40Z

The Hurricane Center is closely monitoring activity in the Atlantic as we enter the most active part of the 2018 hurricane season.

A tropical wave is forecast to move off the west coast of Africa on Thursday that has a high chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next five days, according to the NHC.

Forecasters are also keeping a close eye on a tropical wave in the Caribbean, that could bring a lot of rain to the Gulf Coast early next week. ABC Action News Chief Meteorologist Denis Phillips says that while it remains unlikely, that wave could try to spin up a depression or weak storm after it crosses into the Gulf.

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Phillips believes that a few things could stir up in the Atlantic in the upcoming weeks as we enter the peak of hurricane season. Historically, September has had the most hurricane formations since 1851, according to NOAA.

"No big deal at this point. I'll keep you updated. Rule #7. Nothing to freak out about, but I always try to keep you informed of all possibilities," Phillips added.