Tropical Storm Florence developing in Atlantic

Tropical waves increase rain chances as early as late weekend

Satellite image shows shows potential storm 'stronger than Ophelia' heading for Ireland

The system is located approximately 130 miles southeast of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.

- As expected, Tropical Depression 6 has formed in the Atlantic.

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. This storm is expected to become better organized through the Labor Day weekend and current forecast tracks have it strengthening into a Category 1 hurricane by Tuesday.

Finally, while the tropical wave now over the Lesser Antilles is showing some increase in shower and thundershower activity, immediate tropical development is extremely unlikely due to high levels of wind shear. It should push off the African coast by Friday, and environmental conditions are favorable for the development of a tropical depression or a tropical storm sometime this weekend, once the system nears the Cape Verde Islands. The system is expected to encounter more wind shear as it moves further into the Atlantic, and it should remain a tropical storm for at least the next few days.

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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. That's very warm, but does not mean a storm will form. The latest forecast has what will become Florence staying a tropical storm, although a strong one, through the middle of next week.

One-week rainfall forecast valid from Friday morning through next Friday morning.

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

We've certainly been getting a proper taste of the seasons over the past year, with Storm Ophelia last autumn, the Beast from the East and Storm Emma in the winter/spring and sizzling temperatures and drought in the summer.

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