Tropical wave expected Thursday

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A tropical wave is expected to move off the coast of Africa Thursday. (National Hurricane Center)

HOLT, Fla., Aug. 22, 2018—A tropical wave is forecast to emerge off the west coast of Africa late Thursday according to the National Hurricane Center.

Once it is over the Atlantic Ocean, the wave is expected to move westward at 15-to-20 mph for the next several days.

According to the NHC, environmental conditions could become more conducive for some development of the wave early next week as it makes its way over the central tropical Atlantic Ocean.

Formation chance through the next five days is low at 20 percent.

Peak-seasonAs a reminder, the peak of the hurricane season has arrived. The peak runs from mid-August to late October.

The hurricane season runs through the end of November.

Meanwhile, in the Pacific, Hurricane Lane is bearing down on the Hawaiian Islands.

Currently a category four storm, Lane has started a northwest motion and is expected to pass “dangerously close” to the Islands Thursday and Friday, according to the NHC.

Lane’s slow movement at 8 mph increases the threat for prolonged heavy rainfall, life-threatening flash flooding and landslides.

The NHC has issued hurricane warning for the Island of Hawaii and Oahu.

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