Tropical wave sets sight on Florida for Labor Day weekend

Tropical waves increase rain chances as early as late weekend

Regardless of development, forecasters say the system is expected to bring rain to the area next week.

Looking out to the end of next week, long-range models hint at a continued active period for the Atlantic as easterly waves march off the African coast.

By Friday evening, Potential Tropical Cyclone Six is expected to continue strengthening into a Tropical Storm, which at this point would then become the sixth named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season and be given the name Florence.

It's been a quiet hurricane season, and so far the threat of a major hurricane hitting Florida has been downgraded.

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The storm has gained a little more strength and is expected to move into the Central Pacific Basin (crossing 140 W) later today. The system far offshore is likely to be Hurricane Florence, which is just a strong tropical wave near Africa this morning.

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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.

The next named storm is likely to form off of the coast of Africa over the weekend.

The potential cyclone is now located east of the Cabo Verde Islands, according to the NHC, and is moving in a west/northwesterly direction. The National Hurricane Center has also confirmed that this feature has developed into a potential tropical cyclone. First, whether or not this system continues to encounter less wind shear as it approaches the Gulf of Mexico. But as it moves into the Gulf over warms waters next week, those upper level winds could weaken. The hurricane center said the storm has an 80 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm by Saturday.

Even if there is little to no development, moisture associated with this tropical wave will bring more wide-spread rain and storms to South Florida starting Sunday and continuing Monday and Tuesday. This will increase rain chances for the state late this weekend or early next week. A lot of details still need to be worked out, but for now, the current trend is keeping September off to a bit of a soggy start.

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