New hurricane may be forming; Gulf may see disturbance

New hurricane may be forming; Gulf may see disturbance

This second tropical wave - regardless of development - has the potential to bring more rain to the area by Thursday.

The next named storm is likely to form off of the coast of Africa over the weekend.

As of Friday evening, an unorganized tropical wave was moving over Hispaniola.

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A flood advisory for St. Thomas and St. John ended at 3:45 p.m. but moderate to locally heavy rainfall will continue to affect the northern Virgin Islands.

The wet weekend can be chalked up to increased moisture thats lingering and stretching east, Shiveley said. That area of strong tropical moisture is moving off to the northwest and its track moves right over south Florida on Monday - Labor Day.

If it becomes a tropical storm, it will be named Florence. Given how far north this wave will be when it pushes off the African coast, there is certainty that it will curve safely into open Atlantic waters.

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Their current 7-day forecast is for mostly warm and dry weather with temperatures climbing to 21C as high pressure develops over Ireland.

Potential Tropical Cyclone Six - located about 135 miles southeast of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands in the eastern Atlantic Ocean - is expected to become a tropical storm Friday and a hurricane by the middle of next week, according to the National Hurricane Center. There will be significant time to closely monitor the behavior of these tropical weather systems.

"We get tropical waves that move through quite frequently", said meteorologist Rodney Wynn. Strong upper-level winds will keep it from organizing into a tropical system before it arrives in Florida, but it may strengthen once it passes over the state and into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Forecasters also will be watching for the storm-inciting Madden-Julian Oscillation, or MJO, in the coming weeks as it makes its way into the Atlantic.

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