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Friday morning Tropics check (09/01/2017)

Posted at 5:33 AM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 05:33:00-04

MIDWAY, FL (WTXL) -- As Harvey dies out over land, attention shifts to the open Atlantic as Hurricane Irma churns over the ocean. In addition, a new disturbance near Africa is being monitored for potential development.

We'll begin with Irma. The system was a strong tropical storm yesterday with winds around 70 mph after sunrise. The storm underwent a spell of rapid intensification and NOW has winds of 115 mph, making the storm a CATEGORY THREE hurricane. At this point in time, it is WAY TOO EARLY to determine if this system will impact the U.S. but interests in the Greater Antilles and the Leeward Islands must keep a close eye on Irma. There is a chance that this system may approach the islands as a CATEGORY FOUR hurricane.

To the southeast of Irma, just off the coast of Africa, there is a disturbance with a 50% chance of tropical development within the next five days. It is expected to move west through the weekend, staying southeast of Irma.

You can catch the forecast on ABC 27 News starting at 5:00 each morning, as well as ABC 27 News at Noon. Chief Meteorologist Casanova Nurse has your forecast at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, and 11:00 this evening.

Plus, you can get the First Alert forecast every 10 minutes on Channel 27.3 Weather NOW.

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