Tropical activity increasing in the Atlantic for the Labor Day weekend

Jo Lloyd
September 1, 2018

The National Hurricane Center has issued tropical storm warnings for Santiago, Fogo and Brava, which make up the Cabo Verde Islands.

At 11 a.m., National Hurricane Center forecasters said the Cape Verde system will likely become a minor hurricane over the next five days as it heads west and encounters low wind shear.

- As expected, Tropical Depression 6 has formed in the Atlantic. The depression is maintaining 35 miles per hour winds just south of the Cabo Verde island chain. Regardless of development, forecasters say the system is expected to bring rain to the area next week.

Storm Ophelia - a tropical revolving storm which hit Ireland's south coast - evolved from the strongest eastern Atlantic hurricane in a century.

The storms that have pounded the Tampa Bay area over the past several days are expected to continue Friday and throughout the weekend — and even into the start of next week.

Along with more consistency among other forecast models, it is looking more like this tropical wave moves out of the Caribbean and toward the Florida straights over the Labor Day Weekend.

Once the system crosses the Florida Peninsula and emerges into the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, the atmospheric pattern appears more favorable, and some organization is possible. That's very warm, but does not mean a storm will form.

We are still seeing the GFS bring this up to hurricane strength while the Euro tops this out at tropical storm strength. The hurricane center said the storm has an 80 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm by Saturday.

The peak of the Hurricane season has arrived and while the predicted total number of storms has been lowered by just about every major hurricane tracking outlet, it only takes one storm to turn a quiet season into a catastrophic one.

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