Published: Sat, September 01, 2018
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Tropics get busy, forecast to make it a rainy weekend in Florida

Tropics get busy, forecast to make it a rainy weekend in Florida

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.

A tropical disturbance and its associated area of thunderstorms was located near the Dominican Republic on Friday morning, moving in the direction of South Florida.

The next named storm in the Atlantic basin will be called Florence.

It will take about five to six days for the storm to make its way across the Atlantic. For instance, the GFS forecast for Friday morning 9/7 is showing max winds of 71kts, while the Euro forecast is showing max winds of 41kts or a weak Tropical Storm.

Some of this squally weather could bring heavy rains of 3- to 4-inches along the east coast metro areas of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach, localized flooding and the isolated tornado late Sunday into early Tuesday, the NWS Miami office said.

"The system is moving toward the west near 12 miles per hour, and this general motion with a gradual turn toward the west-northwest is expected to continue during the next few days", the National Hurricane Center said.

Ahead of the approaching storm, the government of the Cabo Verde Islands has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the southern islands of Santiago, Fogo and Brava.

They claim that the storm is likely to form over the next 14 days with a central pressure as strong 943mb. It may also have the potential to push fairly far to the west and closer to the major land areas in the eastern Caribbean.

Bottom line: Don't cancel those Labor Day weekend plans, keep the umbrella around and pay attention to future forecasts.

However, by Sunday evening into Labor Day, this wave will reach the Florida peninsula and bring breezy conditions and plenty of rain.

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