MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) -- Hurricane Florence became the first Atlantic major hurricane of the season Wednesday. It is continuing to move west-northwest in the open central North Atlantic. Forecasts indicated the storm remaining as a hurricane, at varying levels of strength, over the next five days. High pressure to the northwest of the hurricane may keep it moving in a westerly fashion, raising chances for a closer approach to the U.S. eastern seaboard by early next week.
Gordon was over Mississippi Wednesday afternoon as a tropical depression, producing soaking rain for many Mississippi River states in the next day or two.
Two additional disturbances in the Cape Verde region have increasing chances to turn into tropical depressions over the next several days. These waves are a long distance from the United States, and ample time exists to examine the possibilities with these systems.
The next names on the tropical storm list are Helene, Isaac, and Joyce.