3rd hurricane of season in Atlantic predicted by Sunday

Satellite image shows shows potential storm 'stronger than Ophelia' heading for 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. Residents from Florida to the Upper Texas Coast should monitor the forecast through the Labor Day Weekend for updates.

Tropical Storm Florence developed early Saturday, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour as it tracks west-northwest away from the Cabo Verde Islands at 14 miles per hour.

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 first is a tropical wave over the Caribbean that has the potential to move into the Gulf of Mexico by the middle of next week.

There's been an uptick in rumors that a major hurricane could strike our area next week, but that's not what the National Hurricane Center is forecasting.

Avila said there is a 40 percent chance that the wave could form into a depression in the central Gulf of Mexico, sometime after the weekend. 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.

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Tropical activity this storm season has been normal in number of named storms and number of hurricanes.

After a relatively calm August in the Atlantic, September is starting out active.

Florence will not be a hurricane at this time but will bring rain as it continues to travel in the Atlantic to the west-northwest.

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

After Florence, the next two names on this year's list of storms are Gordon and Helene. Helene is still an original name from 1982.

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