Tropical disturbance to drench Florida, and Florence may form in eastern Atlantic

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Storm system development in the eastern tropical Atlantic continues to be a strong possibility over this weekend, with additional development by late next week.

NHC officials said Friday morning that the weather system has a 90 percent chance of tropical development over the next two days. We are not anticipating any impacts for us, or the USA, but shifts in the forecast track are certainly possible.

A tropical wave moving through the Caribbean is set to bring heavier rain and storms to the area for part of the Labor Day weekend. For instance, the GFS forecast for Friday morning 9/7 is showing max winds of 71kts, while the Euro forecast is showing max winds of 41kts or a weak Tropical Storm.

But a separate circulation center closer to the Azores is what's forecast to send the potential tropical cyclone near the Cabo Verde Islands northwest into the Central Atlantic, said AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski.

Tropical Storm Florence developed early Saturday, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour as it tracks west-northwest away from the Cabo Verde Islands at 14 miles per hour. With development not expected at all before it reaches Florida, we will see enhanced coverage of our rainfall Labor Day and Tuesday.

It will continue to strengthen over the next few days as it continues on its path this way, but should not gain hurricane status.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami has begun to monitor a tropical wave which is producing a large area of cloudiness and showers from Hispaniola eastward to the Leeward Islands and the adjacent waters.

Florence would be the season's sixth named storm.

But there is plenty of Atlantic Hurricane Season left, which does not come to an end until November 30.

On average, the sixth named storm forms on September 6.

The name after Florence is Gordon.

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