MIDWAY, Fl. (WTXL) -- Florence has been battling wind shear and dry air on Thursday, and two disturbances behind Florence look primed to develop this weekend.
Florence, as of the 5:00am advisory, has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. It is moving W at 7 mph. The storm will continue on this general path of W to WNW movement through the weekend, re-intensifying as it does so. By sometime next week, Florence could approach the east coast of the U.S. It could also, however, curve out to the northern Atlantic and avoid landfall. There is still plenty of uncertainty with the storm, but interests along the east coast of the country should closely monitor the progress of Florence through the next week.
Two disturbances to the southeast of Florence (one southwest of the Cape Verde Islands and one moving off the coast of Africa) both have a 90% chance of developing into tropical depressions in the next five days. The next available names on the list for the 2018 Hurricane Season are "Helene" and "Isaac". The lead wave may approach the Lesser Antilles next week. The system behind it may struggle in the long term, but development for both still appears highly likely.
You can catch the forecast on ABC 27 News starting at 5:00 each weekday morning, as well as ABC 27 News at Noon. First Alert Chief Meteorologist Casanova Nurse has your forecast at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, and 11:00 this evening.
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