MIDWAY, FL (WTXL) -- The tropics are still active as Tropical Storm Irma continues to effect the Southeast. In addition, there are 2 areas we are watching in the Atlantic.
Irma lost its hurricane strength at 8:00 this morning and is currently a tropical storm producing gusty winds and rain in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. The storm has 60 mph sustained winds with stronger gusts possible. It will continue on its north-northwest track at 17 mph towards Alabama. Locally, we will continue to see strong winds and persistent showers Monday night from Irma.
Behind Irma, Hurricane Jose is located several hundred miles to the northeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands. It is a Category 2 storm with 105 mph sustained winds. It is moving to the north at 9 mph, but it will make a circle around itself over the next 5 days. After the loop, it is expected to travel on a northwest track. Currently Jose is not a local threat, but we will continue to watch its path and provide updates along the way.
Lastly, there is a tropical wave to the west of the Cabo Verde Islands. Tropical development is possible over the next 5 days as it travels northwest. There is a 20% chance the storm will gain tropical characteristics if it stays organized as it moves through an unfavorable environment.
The First Alert Weather Team will provide tropical updates on the progress of these systems.
-- Meteorologist Valerie Mills