Tropical waves increase rain chances as early as late weekend

Christopher Davidson
September 1, 2018

St. Thomas and St. John were under a flood advisory for much of Thursday, and some weather systems raise flags for upcoming weeks as the hurricane season enters its most risky month.

The Longford Leader will be keeping an eye on the weather in the coming weeks to see how things progress.

At this time, it appears unlikely it will attain even tropical-storm strength, so wind and storm surge will not be the threats - just potential flooding from prolonged heavy rain.

Once this tropical wave passes Southwest Florida and moves into the Gulf of Mexico, the environment could become more favorable for development, so it's still one we want to track closely in the NBC2 First Alert Hurricane Tracking Center.

The next named storm in the Atlantic basin will be called Florence.

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Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily this Labor Day weekend for information regarding these tropical systems and your local forecasts.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with shower and storms mainly inland, 40-50 percent, 20-30 percent along the beaches to I-95.

The term "potential tropical cyclone" refers to a tropical disturbance that is not yet a tropical depression/storm but will likely bring watch-or-warning-worthy conditions to an area in the near future. It had winds of 30 miles per hour with stronger gusts. Locally we are watching an area of low pressure that has a slight chance of formation over the Gulf early next week. Right now, water temperatures are sitting close to 90° in spots. Both ingredients would aid in tropical cyclone development, but it is still too early to tell if this wave will continue to strengthen into a tropical system. "Thereafter, it's possible that a tropical storm could form as this moves away from Florida and heads toward the central Gulf Coast during the middle of next week".

It will continue a pattern of clear mornings but powerful afternoon thunderstorms that will last through Labor Day weekend.

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