Tropical Storm Florence developed Saturday morning west of the Cabo Verde Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The hurricane center's forecast cone shows Potential Tropical Cyclone Six continuing in that same direction before beginning a turn to the north Tuesday. We are not anticipating any impacts for us, or the USA, but shifts in the forecast track are certainly possible.
Of more concern to National Weather Service meteorologists in Miami is a tropical wave near Puerto Rico that could bring heavy rain this weekend to areas from the Treasure Coast to the Keys. Moisture from the tropical wave south of Florida will increase beginning tomorrow afternoon.
A tropical storm warning was issued for the islands of Santiago, Fogo and Brava and the Cabo Verdes.
This disturbance is expected to move west across the Northern Gulf of Mexico through the early to middle part of the upcoming week.
It brought with it wave heights of 17.81 metres, top gusts of 191 km/h and sustained winds (10-minute mean) of 111km/h when it hit the country in October.
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The system in the Caribbean is a tropical wave that is producing a large area of cloudiness and thunderstorms extending from Hispanola northeastward across the Caribbean and adjacent Atlantic waters. 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.
But there is plenty of Atlantic Hurricane Season left, which does not come to an end until November 30.
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.
The next named Atlantic storm would be Florence.
After Florence, the next two names on this year's list of storms are Gordon and Helene.