Gulf of Mexico being monitored for possible tropical development

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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.

The National Hurricane Center is giving it a 10 percent chance of developing into at least a tropical depression in the next five days in the Gulf. We are not anticipating any impacts for us, or the USA, but shifts in the forecast track are certainly possible.

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.

As of Friday evening, Tropical Depression 6 was still just south of the Cabo Verde Islands off the coast of Africa, strengthening as it moved west.

The weather system, which has maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour, is moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami has begun to monitor a tropical wave which is producing a large area of cloudiness and showers from Hispaniola eastward to the Leeward Islands and the adjacent waters.

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The wave is moving west, northwest "with showers typical of September", said senior hurricane specialist Lixion Avila from the National Hurricane Center on Saturday morning. As a result, I would expect these modeled surf heights to change from day to day in the near term, perhaps quite significantly.

Once the system crosses the Florida Peninsula and emerges into the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, the atmospheric pattern appears more favorable, and some organization is possible.

As if on cue, the tropical Atlantic has cranked up a couple of tropical systems as the annual hurricane season moves into its peak period.

The next named Atlantic storm would be Florence.

The name after Florence is Gordon.

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