Tropical disturbance to drench Florida, and Florence may form in eastern Atlantic


Far out in the Atlantic Ocean, a system is developing that is expected to eventually turn into Hurricane Florence.

The National Hurricane Center is now predicting a 10 percent chance that this tropical wave develops into a tropical depression or tropical storm as it moves away from Tampa Bay toward the central Gulf Coast. To be named, a cyclone must have sustained winds of at least 39 miles per hour.

This will lead to an increase in rip currents along with posing a hazard to small craft.

If the storm is named it will be called Florence.

Storm Ophelia - a tropical revolving storm which hit Ireland's south coast - evolved from the strongest eastern Atlantic hurricane in a century.

The storm will remain over open water for now and will be monitored for any significant changes in intensity or movement.

Finally, while the tropical wave now over the Lesser Antilles is showing some increase in shower and thundershower activity, immediate tropical development is extremely unlikely due to high levels of wind shear.

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This is expected to move northwest over Cuba and into the Gulf of Mexico early next week.

The National Hurricane Center is watching two separate systems, one of which is expected to make it a rainy weekend locally.

One-week rainfall forecast valid from Friday morning through next Friday morning.

Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30.

The tropical wave, a large area of cloudiness and thunderstorms across the northeastern Caribbean Sea, is forecast to move westward to west-northwestward, the hurricane center said Thursday.

We've certainly been getting a proper taste of the seasons over the past year, with Storm Ophelia last autumn, the Beast from the East and Storm Emma in the winter/spring and sizzling temperatures and drought in the summer.