Tropical depression upgraded to storm force

Christopher Davidson
September 3, 2018

Some forecast models also give the storm a chance of strengthening into a tropical storm, which is classified as having sustained winds between 39 and 73 miles per hour.

It warned that heavy rainfall from the system would affect portions of the central Gulf Coast later in the week.

Just southeast of the peninsula of Florida spins Potential Tropical Cyclone Seven.

The storm was bringing heavy rain and some gusty winds to many areas in South Florida Monday morning. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

The close-up radar Monday morning shows the tropical wave approaching southern Florida and the Florida Keys right now.

As far as the tropical system, expect it to strengthen in the Gulf as it moves away from Florida later today into tomorrow.

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As the system dumped rain across South Florida, a Tropical Storm Warning was issued for parts of South Florida from Golden Beach to Bonita Beach and for the Florida Keys from Craig Key to Ocean Key.

It is expected to remain a tropical storm in the open waters of the Atlantic through the middle of the upcoming week.

With the 8am Sunday update, the National Hurricane Center gave the system a 80 percent chance of tropical development over the next 5 days and a 50 percent chance over the next 2 days.

There's a system in the Caribbean that could affect our weather early in the week. We will have one to two inches possible across Lee, Charlotte, DeSoto, Hendry, and Glades Counties.

There are now three tropical systems forecasters are watching on Monday morning.

It is forecast to continue moving west-northwest with a gradual turn to the northwest, and is no longer expected to reach hurricane strength.

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