By Meteorologist Jake Dunne
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —Storm trackers are closely monitoring a tropical wave currently moving through the Bahamas for development. The associated showers and storms will soak the Bahamas and south Florida through Sunday night.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) gives the system a 90 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone meaning a tropical storm (Gordon) is likely within 48 hours. Most forecast models agree on organization of the system, with the center over South East Louisiana or South Mississippi by Tuesday night.
Meteorologists will continue to watch the progress of the system as it should cross the Gulf Mexico Tuesday through Thursday.
Locally, the main impact is expected to be heavy rain, choppy waters and dangerous rip currents. By Monday, the eventual path of the storm will become clearer once the tropical wave enters the Gulf and begins to organize. Please check often for the latest update.
The National Hurricane Center will provide regular updates on the storm.
NHC is issuing advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone Seven located near the Central Bahamas and northern Cuba. Tropical Storm Watches have been issued for portions of the central Gulf Coast. Here are Key Messages for this advisory and go to https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb for info. pic.twitter.com/lgeoyhE8QI— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 2, 2018
Tropical Storm Florence is currently located to the west of the Cabo Verde Islands. The storm may eventually strengthen into a hurricane, but Florence will remain over the open water of the Atlantic, well away from land.