Tropical storm develops in the Atlantic while a wave aims for Florida

01 September, 2018, 20:41 | Author: Rosalie Gross
  • Satellite image shows shows potential storm 'stronger than Ophelia' heading for Ireland

The system could produce 1 to 2 inches of rain Saturday across the Cabo Verde Islands before it moves further into the Atlantic Ocean.

It will take about five to six days for the storm to make its way across the Atlantic. As a result, I would expect these modeled surf heights to change from day to day in the near term, perhaps quite significantly.

Located about 235 miles east-south-east of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands, the potential hurricane already has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and is moving west at 13 mph. Be prepared for a very rainy day Monday from start to finish until the wave continues to the northwest into the Gulf of Mexico.

The last time the islands had to deal with a tropical storm or hurricane was when Hurricane Fred plowed across the islands exactly three years ago. At least through the middle of next week, it is not a threat to land.

There's been an uptick in rumors that a major hurricane could strike our area next week, but that's not what the National Hurricane Center is forecasting.

Tropical activity this storm season has been normal in number of named storms and number of hurricanes. The Accumulated Cyclone Energy - a measure of the strength and longevity of a storm - is 17.5 this season when the normal is 28.7.

Nearly the entire country will be seeing rain at some point this holiday weekend with the exception being the West Coast and the northern Rockies. In the simulation from the European model below, valid a week from now, Florence is in the central Atlantic, while two additional waves/storms can be seen west of Africa.

Bottom line: Don't cancel those Labor Day weekend plans, keep the umbrella around and pay attention to future forecasts.

The name after Florence is Gordon.

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