With September arriving soon, we should recognize where most tropical activity occurs during the month. September is infamous for being the peak period of tropical development in the Atlantic ocean.
Most systems still originate near the western African coastline. However, as they progress westward, they quickly strengthen as they travel across miles of open and warm ocean waters.
The swaths of warm water and seasonal high pressure over the Atlantic help steer storms into the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico or near the East Coast.
It is very common for tropical systems to develop into hurricanes once they enter the Gulf of Mexico because of the deep, warm water.
Tropical entities entering the Gulf of Mexico usually take curved paths toward the southeastern or eastern coastlines.