In addition to Major Hurricane Lorenzo and Tropical Storm Karen, AccuWeather meteorologists are monitoring a broad area from Central America to southeastern Mexico and adjacent waters for signs of tropical trouble.
"While there are no immediate threats in this area, cluster of showers and thunderstorms can produce areas of heavy rain and gusty winds in this region," according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.
"Residents and visitors in these areas should be prepared for incidents of flash flooding and mudslides," he added.
The western Caribbean to the western Gulf of Mexico are on the watch list for potential gradual tropical development over the next couple of weeks.
"A large counterclockwise wind pattern is beginning develop over Central America and may last for a couple of weeks," Kottlowski said.
A broad circulation such as this is referred to as a gyre by meteorologists, and such a pattern could create a conducive environment for additional tropical systems to form.
Tropical Storm Karen unleashed soaking rain in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Tuesday night as the system continued its northward trek. As the storm pushed north of Puerto Rico Wednesday morning, all Tropical Storm Warnings for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands were discontinued, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
The tropical storm is forecast to continue to pull away from the Caribbean into Friday, but its forward speed is forecast to decrease substantially by the end of the week as steering winds drop off.
The storm is then expected to stall roughly halfway between Puerto Rico and Bermuda before taking a left turn.
"We expect the steering flow to collapse and cause Karen to stall or loop from late this week to this weekend," Dan Kottlowski, AccuWeather's top hurricane expert, said.
Hurricane Lorenzo, currently spinning over the central Atlantic, first became a hurricane on Wednesday, but by Thursday afternoon, it had rapidly intensified into a major Category 4 hurricane.
Friday morning, Lorenzo was packing maximum sustained winds of 145 mph, but AccuWeather Meteorologists believe that it could continue to strengthen and eventually become a Category 5 storm with winds exceeding 157 mph.
Although major hurricanes like Lorenzo are not rare in the Atlantic Basin, where it is located relative to its mighty force is very unusual.For more information, check the daily Tropical Weather Outlook, click here