Forecasters eyeing tropical system headed into Gulf

Posted September 01, 2018

But even though it will should become the season's next tropical storm, it's got nothing to do with the soaking Florida will probably get next week.

Located about 235 miles east-south-east of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands, the potential hurricane already has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and is moving west at 13 mph.

Storm Ophelia brought the country to a standstill past year as average wind speeds of between 65 and 80km/h with some gusts of 110 to 130km/h struck the emerald isle.

Forecasters expect the system will remain out at sea and will not threaten Florida. That's very warm, but does not mean a storm will form.

This cluster of storms is expected to make its way to the northwest through the Labor Day weekend bringing increased rain chances to the Sunshine State. The National Hurricane Center has also confirmed that this feature has developed into a potential tropical cyclone.

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.

Potential Tropical Cyclone Six continues to slowly organize in the eastern Atlantic and is on track to become a tropical storm later Friday.

Friday's forecast will be muggy, with some afternoon storms.

On Thursday the storm was anticipated to become a hurricane by the end of Labor Day weekend.

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.

After Florence, the next two names on this year's list of storms are Gordon and Helene.