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Saturday evening Tropics check (9/2/0217)

Tropical disturbance (9/2/2017 pm)
Hurricane Irma forecast cone (9/2/2017 pm)
Hurricane Irma (9/2/2017 pm)
Hurricane Irma (9/2/2017 pm)
Posted at 5:32 PM, Sep 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-02 14:05:34-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- We are still watching two areas in the Atlantic ocean...Hurricane Irma and a disturbance southwest of Cape Verde.

Hurricane Irma continues to fluctuate in strength, but is now a category 2 hurricane. Irma is about a thousand miles east of the Leeward Islands and is moving westward at 15 mph. 

It is still too early to tell if Hurricane Irma will impact the US or Florida, but the current forecast predicts that Irma will be a major hurricane is it approaches the Lesser Antilles by midweek. 

Moving several hundred miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, we have an area of disturbed weather and disorganized thunderstorms. This area of interest is moving west at 10 to 15 mph. Because environmental conditions are expected to be favorable for development in the coming days, this disturbance has been given a 70% chance of formation.