TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- The tropics remain active with three areas of interest, two disturbances and Hurricane Irma.
Hurricane Irma has strengthened back into a category 3 storm with winds sustained at 115 mph. This hurricane has been fluctuation in strength over the last several days as it's been moving westward.
Irma is continuing to move west at 14 mph, reaching the northern Leeward Islands as a major hurricane by mid-week. At this time, it is still too early to tell what impacts Irma may have on the United States.
Behind Hurricane Irma is an area of disturbed and disorganized weather. This disturbance is several hundred miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands and is moving west northwest at 10 mph. This disturbance has a 60% chance of formation in the next five days as environmental conditions are conducive for gradual development.
Our third area of interest is a disturbance in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico producing very disorganized thunderstorms and cloud cover. Environmental conditions are forecast to remain unfavorable for development as this disturbance moves slowly northwestward. Because of that, there is only a 10% chance of formation in the next five days.