A disturbance is expected to affect Florida and the Gulf Coast this weekend into early next week, and Tropical Storm Florence is close to forming in the eastern Atlantic.
Thursday morning the National Hurricane Center issued the first advisory for Potential Tropical Cyclone Six.
- As expected, Tropical Depression 6 has formed in the Atlantic. We are not anticipating any impacts for us, or the USA, but shifts in the forecast track are certainly possible. Tropical Storm Warnings remain in effect for portions of the Cabo Verde Islands, where heavy rain and strong winds are expected through tomorrow. Immediate tropical development remains extremely unlikely as the wave is being impact by strong wind shear.
The system could produce 1 to 2 inches of rain Saturday across the Cabo Verde Islands before it moves further into the Atlantic Ocean.
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 depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 miles per hour, and this general motion is expected to continue for the next several days.
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A tropical wave across moving across South Florida will allow clouds to increase throughout the day.
As the wave crosses South Florida and enters the Gulf of Mexico on Labor Day, it will be in a better environment for development.
If the storm is named it will be called Florence.
If the wave makes it into the Gulf of Mexico, it will have plenty of warm water to "feast on", said Jeff Masters, co-founder of Weather Underground.
The peak of the Hurricane season has arrived and while the predicted total number of storms has been lowered by just about every major hurricane tracking outlet, it only takes one storm to turn a quiet season into a catastrophic one.
The name after Florence is Gordon.