Florence plus two other area keeping Atlantic hot

two_atl_5d0HOLT, Fla., Sept. 6, 2018–The National Hurricane Center is keeping tabs on one hurricane and two other potential areas in and near the Atlantic Ocean likely to development further.

A broad and elongated area of low pressure is centered several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.

The associated shower and thunderstorm activity has changed little in organization since yesterday and there are no indications yet that the system has a well-defined center of circulation.

However, environmental conditions are favorable for development and a tropical depression is expected to form within the next few days while the system moves slowly west or west-northwest across the tropical Atlantic Ocean.

Continued formation chance through the next 48 hours is high at 70 percent and 90 percent through the next five days.

The next tropical wave is forecast to move off the west coast of Africa tomorrow.

Some development of this system is anticipated after it moves over the Atlantic Ocean and a tropical depression could form during the weekend or early next week while the wave moves west or west-northwest over the far eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean.

Formation chance through the next five days has increased to 50 percent.

storm_06Meanwhile, a westward shift is expected by Hurricane Florence, moving it closer to the east coast of the United States.

It remains a category 3 storm with 115 mph winds, but is expected to gradually weaken to a category 2 before re-strengthening to a 3 again during the next five days.

However, according to the NHC, there is still considerable uncertainty looking beyond a five-day forecast and it is far too soon to speculate what, if any, impacts Florence may have on the U.S. east coast next week.

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