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Thursday evening Tropics check (08/30/2018)

Northern Atlantic disturbance satellite image (4:30pm 09/12/2018)
Posted at 4:11 PM, Aug 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-30 12:34:06-04

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) -- There are two areas in the Atlantic that have chances to become tropical cyclones:

  • A vigorous wave in the easternmost Atlantic was given the Potential Tropical Cyclone classification Thursday, meaning there is a high likelihood it will grow into a depression or storm in the near future. It is thousands of miles from the United States, and may have a direct impact on the Cape Verde Islands in the next couple of days. From there, the system is forecast to become a hurricane while moving west-northwest over open ocean waters. This storm will take the name Florence once it becomes a tropical storm.
  • A disorganized wave of tropical moisture exists over Puerto Rico, moving west-northwest. Upper-level winds are strong and that has kept the wave from undergoing a strengthening mode.  However, the moisture it carries will likely continue to traverse the Greater Antilles through the holiday weekend, bringing rain chances higher for the Florida peninsula early next week. The system is projected to reach the Gulf of Mexico, where upper winds aren't as strong and water temperatures are sufficiently warm for tropical low formation. The extended outlook is still quite unclear but some development is possible if and when it enters Gulf waters.