Forecasters tracking tropical system off Africa that could be next named storm
Aug 31 2018
The next tropical storm will be called Florence.
This movement now includes a potential tropical cyclone exiting the Western African coast.
The National Weather Service Hurricane Center in Miami Florida issued an update on Tropical Storm Miriam at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018.
MEXICO CITY Tropical Storm Norman has formed in the eastern Pacific Ocean and forecasters say it could become a hurricane today.
The government of the Cabo Verde Islands issued tropical storm warnings for Santiago, Fogo and Brava.
A strong tropical wave about to hit the main development region of the Atlantic basin has a 90 percent chance of development over the next five days, and is likely to become a depression or tropical storm by the weekend.
The Hurricane Center reported in its most recent advisory that maximum sustained winds are near 30 miles per hour with higher gusts.
Conditions appear to be favourable for development, and a tropical depression could form over the weekend while the system moves west-northwestward near the Cabo Verde Islands and the adjacent Atlantic. The system was moving west at about 12 miles per hour.
"As things stand right now, this looks to be a disturbance that will simply enhance daily rainfall coverage across Florida around Labor Day - an outcome that could lead to localized flooding in spots thanks to already soaked soil from recent heavy rains", Tyler Eliasen added.
People along the northern and western Gulf Coast should stay aware next week since it appears that the atmospheric pattern over the Gulf will be more conducive for development of the system.
Latest satellite imagery showing the developing system coming off Africa.