Tropical Storm Florence forms in the eastern Atlantic

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

If the tropical storm forms, it would become the sixth named storm of the Atlantic season.

A tropical wave in the Caribbean has a 40 percent chance of developing into a tropical system, according to the National Hurricane Center.

It will take about five to six days for the storm to make its way across the Atlantic. We are not anticipating any impacts for us, or the USA, but shifts in the forecast track are certainly possible. A slight increase into the 15-20 knot range with seas 4-6 ft will be possible on Monday as the tropical wave passes south of the local waters.

Expect an onshore flow with increasing rain chances across Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia as the Labor Day weekend continues. Then once it enters the Gulf of Mexico, it could get slightly better organized and affect the northern Gulf Coast between Tuesday and Thursday.

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.

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

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the islands, where the National Hurricane Center warns of four to eight inches of rain, life-threatening flash floods and tropical-storm-force winds for the southern islands.

Rain over the USVI and a storm forming near Africa.

It will continue to strengthen over the next few days as it continues on its path this way, but should not gain hurricane status. The Accumulated Cyclone Energy - a measure of the strength and longevity of a storm - is 17.5 this season when the normal is 28.7. A year ago, Irma had rapidly intensified from a tropical storm to a Category 3 hurricane way out in the far eastern Atlantic.

The name after Florence is Gordon.

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