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Wednesday morning Tropics check (09/05/2018)

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Posted at 4:31 AM, Sep 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-05 01:42:57-04

MIDWAY, Fl. (WTXL) -- There are numerous topics of discussion for Wednesday: Tropical Storm Gordon making landfall, Hurricane Florence intensifying in the open Atlantic, and two areas of potential tropical development behind Florence.

Gordon: Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall overnight near the Mississippi-Alabama border. It will continue to push further inland over Mississippi, moving further away from the Big Bend and South Georgia. Heavy rains and gusty conditions will continue for areas near Dixie Alley, though impacts locally will essentially not be felt.

Florence: Hurricane Florence continues to intensify over the open Atlantic Ocean. As of the latest advisory, maximum sustained winds are at 100 mph. The storm will continue to push to the WNW over the Atlantic through the weekend. This system is not a threat to the U.S. this week. Interests along the Eastern Seaboard should continue to keep a close eye on the progress of Florence, should it make a closer approach to the U.S.

Disturbances aside from Gordon and Florence: There is one area of disturbed weather south of the Cape Verde islands with a 90% chance of developing in the next five days. It will stay in the Central Atlantic, moving westward toward the Caribbean through the week.

Behind that disturbance, one area still over Africa has a 20% chance of developing in the next five days. This, too, looks to stay moving westward toward the Caribbean Sea.

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

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