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Thursday morning Tropics check (08/31/2017)

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Posted at 3:04 AM, Aug 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-31 01:52:37-04

MIDWAY, FL (WTXL) -- Tropical Depression Harvey continues to move northeast toward the Tennessee Valley. In addition, Tropical Storm Irma intensifies and eyes shift back to the Gulf of Mexico for another potential disturbance that may cause trouble.

Tropical Depression Harvey is moving NNE at 10 mph as of the latest advisory (4:00am CT or 5:00am ET). While maximum sustained winds are low with this system, it's main threat continues to be heavy rainfall. It is forecast to close in on Central Tennessee Friday morning and it will continue to push northeast into the New England region by the weekend, dying out as it does so.

In addition to Harvey, Tropical Storm Irma continues to intensify as it moves west. As of the 5:00am ET advisory, maximum sustained winds are at 70 mph.

The storm is expected to become a hurricane today. Still several days away from the Lesser Antilles, there is a good chance it could approach the islands as a Category 3 hurricane.

This can be a significant hurricane for the Caribbean depending on where it's track takes it. It is TOO FAR from the U.S. to warrant alarm, but very close attention will be paid to this system as it moves into the western Atlantic.

Plus, another area of disturbed weather shows potential for tropical organization later into the weekend and early next week. This is in the Bay of Campeche and should be monitored as it may travel north, closer to Texas. No need for alarm at this point as there is a good degree of uncertainty as to where it ultimately ends up. Interests along the northern Gulf coast should watch this one closely. In addition, it only has a 20% chance of development within the next five days.

You can catch the forecast on ABC 27 News starting at 5:00 each morning, as well as ABC 27 News at Noon. Chief Meteorologist Casanova Nurse has your forecast at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, and 11:00 this evening.

Plus, you can get the First Alert forecast every 10 minutes on Channel 27.3 Weather NOW.

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