Brewing Atlantic system may strengthen into Tropical Storm Ian

By Renee Duff for

A system in the Atlantic could become the next tropical storm of the season early this week.

The area of low pressure and its associated showers and thunderstorms, located approximately 800 miles east-northeast of the Lesser Antilles, has become better organized over the past several days.

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Hurricane Hugo, 1989: 21 deaths

Hurricane Hugo made landfall as a Category 4 storm in South Carolina. It caused 21 deaths in the US and resulted in $7.1 billion of damage. At the time, it was the costliest storm in US history.

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Tropical Storm Allison, 2001: 41 deaths

While not an official hurricane, Allison clocks in as the costliest and deadliest tropical storm in US history, causing 41 deaths and costing more than $5 billion in damage. The storm started over the Gulf of Mexico near Texas, then traveled east, causing floods like the one pictured here in Houston, Texas.

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Hurricane Irene, 2011: 56 deaths

Hurricane Irene, the first storm to hit the US since Ike three years earlier, made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 storm. The storm eventually made its way up to New York City, bringing flooding -- like the kind pictured here in Puerto Rico -- and causing $7.3 billion in damage overall.

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Hurricane Floyd, 1999: 57 deaths

Hurricane Floyd was a catastrophic storm because of the rain it brought along. The rain caused extreme flooding from North Carolina on up as the Category 2 storm traveled up the East Coast.

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Great Atlantic Hurricane, 1944: 64 deaths

The Great Atlantic Hurricane of 1944 was also devastating to New England, with 64 deaths and more than $100 million in damage. The storm was a Category 3 as it sped up the coast, hitting the Carolinas, Rhode Island, and Long Island before downgrading to a Category 2 in Maine.

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Hurricane Agnes, 1972: 122 deaths

Hurricane Agnes, as seen in this image made it all the way inland to Pennsylvania. Although it was only a Category 1 storm (with winds from 74-95 mph), it still caused 122 deaths and caused $2.1 billion in damage.

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Hurricane Ike, 2008: 195 deaths

The third costliest storm in US history, with $29.5 billion in damage, occurred in September 2008. Starting off the west coast of Africa, Hurricane Ike made its way over the Caribbean and into the Gulf, making US landfall in Texas as a Category 2 storm

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Hurricane Camille, 1969: 256 deaths

Hurricane Camille formed in the Gulf of Mexico and hit Mississippi as a Category 5 storm. Camille caused more than 256 deaths and clocks in as the second most intense hurricane to hit the US.

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New England, 1938: 256 deaths

Nicknamed "Long Island Express," the storm hit Puerto Rico as a Category 5 storm before charging north and hitting Long Island, New York and Connecticut as a Category 3 hurricane. The storm was responsible for more than 256 deaths.

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Hurricane Sandy, 2012: 285 deaths

With $71.4 billion in damage, Hurricane Sandy was the second costliest hurricane in US history. The Category 1 storm pummeled New York City, flooding the city's transportation systems and leaving thousands of homes destroyed.

It's looking more and more like Hurricane Joaquin won't make landfall in the US and join the list of most horrific storms in US history.

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Hurricane Audrey, 1957: 416 deaths

The U.S. started naming storms with women's names starting in 1953. Hurricane Audrey, the first storm of the 1957 hurricane season was the deadliest of the 1950s. It originated in the Gulf of Mexico, making landfall in Texas as a Category 4 storm. This image of the storm shows just how far hurricane imaging has come.

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Atlantic-Gulf, 1919: 600 to 900 deaths

This Category 4 storm swept into the Gulf of Mexico right under Key West, Florida(pictured), landing as a Category 3 storm in Corpus Christi, Texas. Anywhere from 600 to 900 people died in that storm.

Hurricane Katrina, 2005: 1,200 deaths

Hurricane Katrina is arguably the most notorious storm of the 21st century. The storm made landfall as a Category 5 near Miami before striking Louisiana as a Category 3 storm. Katrina was the third deadliest, and costliest hurricane in U.S. history with more than 1,200 deaths and $108 billion in damage.

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San Felipe Okeechobee, 1928: 2,500 deaths

This hurricane was the second deadliest in US history, with more than 2,500 deaths. The Category 4 storm made landfall in Palm Beach on September 10, 1928. Puerto Rico got hit hard as well, with winds at 144 mph.

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Galveston, Texas in 1900: 8,000 to 12,000 deaths

The deadliest hurricane in US history happened at the turn of the 20th century. The Category 4 of 5 hurricane -- with winds anywhere from 130-156 mph -- made landfall in Galveston, Texas (pictured), then headed north through the Great Plains. Anywhere from 8,000 to 12,000 people died in the storm.

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"Future development of this system looks favorable during the next few days," AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.

The system will be moving into an environment with very little dry air and plentiful warm water, both favorable for strengthening. However, the system will have to contend with increasingly strong winds in the upper levels of the atmosphere over the next couple of days, which will deter better organization.

The next tropical storm to form will acquire the name Ian.

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Kottlowski expects this developing tropical system to continue on a northwest track along the periphery of a large high pressure area southwest of the Azores.

"On this projected path, the system will remain in the central North Atlantic far removed from land," Kottlowski said.

Any impacts are expected to remain well offshore of any land mass. The Leeward Islands may experience only an increase in surf over the next few days.

Shipping and cruise interests should continue to monitor the progress of the storm and review routes accordingly.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic Basin, two other areas of disturbed weather are currently being monitored.

One area of thunderstorms is currently located near the central Bahamas and is expected to continue on a west-northwest path over the next few days.

The system's movement across an unfavorable environment is expected to inhibit the system from developing, Kottlowski said. However, the disturbance is expected to enhance showers and heavy thunderstorms across the Bahamas and Florida early this week.

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The second area being watched is a tropical wave near the Cabo Verde Islands. This system will be monitored for development toward the end of this week, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Ed Vallee.

Meanwhile in the East Pacific, Hurricane Orlene, which is currently located several hundred miles west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, continues to churn northwestward over open waters. At this time, the storm is not expected to be a threat to land.

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While the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season is now in the rearview mirror (Sept. 10), climatology still favors additional tropical waves emerging from West Africa and potentially developing in the eastern tropical Atlantic, AccuWeather Meteorologist Jordan Root said.

Folks in the Caribbean and the United States should not let their guard down as the Atlantic hurricane season does not officially end until Nov. 30.

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