A year ago, Irma had rapidly intensified from a tropical storm to a Category 3 hurricane way out in the far eastern Atlantic.
Tropical Storm Warnings are now in place for the Cabo Verde Islands as the threat for strong winds and heavy rain will likely impact the islands within the next 24 hours or so.
The onshore flow continues as high pressure extends across the Atlantic to our north. Wind and seas will increase Monday and Tuesday as a tropical wave forms in the southern Bahamas and crosses south Florida. To be named, a cyclone must have sustained winds of at least 39 miles per hour.
Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily this Labor Day weekend for information regarding these tropical systems and your local forecasts.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA- The National Hurricane Center in Miami continues to monitor a tropical wave (yellow X) which is producing a large area of cloudiness and showers from Hispaniola eastward to the Leeward Islands and the adjacent waters.
Hurricane forecasters are keeping an eye on a wave in the Caribbean headed for the Gulf of Mexico while a faraway system nearing the Cape Verde Islands is expected to become a tropical depression later Friday.
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A system southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands is expected to become Florence, the season's sixth named storm.
This movement now includes a potential tropical cyclone exiting the Western African coast.
Rain over the USVI and a storm forming near Africa. Once it reaches the Gulf of Mexico, conditions for intensification could improve.
One-week rainfall forecast valid from Friday morning through next Friday morning.
After Florence, the next name on the 2018 storm list is Gordon.
As if on cue, the tropical Atlantic has cranked up a couple of tropical systems as the annual hurricane season moves into its peak period.