A pulse of tropical energy hit the Atlantic basin this week, with a possible hurricane brewing near Africa and a sloppy wave in the Caribbean threatening Florida's long holiday weekend.
Tropical Storm Florence developed Saturday morning west of the Cabo Verde Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center. We are not anticipating any impacts for us, or the USA, but shifts in the forecast track are certainly possible. This second tropical wave - regardless of development - has the potential to bring more rain to the area by Thursday. Immediate tropical development remains extremely unlikely as the wave is being impact by strong wind shear.
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.
An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, with six hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.
The system had maximum sustained winds of 30 miles per hour and was moving west at 12 miles per hour.
If the wave makes it into the Gulf of Mexico, it will have plenty of warm water to "feast on", said Jeff Masters, co-founder of Weather Underground.
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Meanwhile, a tropical wave near Hispaniola is moving northwesterly toward the Bahamas.
The Pinpoint Weather Team will continue to monitor both systems over the next few days.
We've certainly been getting a proper taste of the seasons over the past year, with Storm Ophelia last autumn, the Beast from the East and Storm Emma in the winter/spring and sizzling temperatures and drought in the summer.
Hurricane season ends November 30, but September 10 is historically the "peak" day for storm activity in the Atlantic.
After Florence, the next two names on this year's list of storms are Gordon and Helene.