Tropical wave could rain on your Labor Day holiday; Florence forming?

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

Nearly the entire country will be seeing rain at some point this holiday weekend with the exception being the West Coast and the northern Rockies. 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 Atlantic hurricane season has been relatively quiet, but it looks like that is about to change. However, the weather service doesnt believe the tropical wave poses a threat to the region because its so disorganized. Rainfall totals are around two inches so far and more rain is expected.

Meanwhile, a tropical wave near Hispaniola is moving northwesterly toward the Bahamas.

"Forecasters have indicated that the system is now projected to continue on a west-northwest path for the next several days, taking it north of the Caribbean Islands", the DDM said.

The National Hurricane Center has already begun issuing advisories on what it calls "potential tropical cyclone six", which is just off the west coast of Africa and was expected to bring heavy rains and gusty winds to the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands on Friday.

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After Florence, the next name on the 2018 storm list is Gordon.

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

A disturbance is expected to affect Florida and the Gulf Coast this weekend into early next week, and Tropical Storm Florence is close to forming in the eastern Atlantic.

Today: Rain chances are between 20-30% as an onshore flow usher showers and storms from the Atlantic Ocean into our inland zones. But shear is forecast to decrease in the weeks ahead, leaving open the possibility for more powerful storms.

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