Tropical Storm Florence forms in the eastern Atlantic


The National Hurricane Center is only predicting a tropical wave that could turn into a tropical storm within the next 48 hours, with an increase of chance of rain this coming week for Sebastian and Vero Beach.

Tropical moisture will feed the development of showers and storms over parts of the Northern Plains, Lower Great Lakes, the mid-Atlantic and the OH and Tennessee valleys, as well as the Gulf Coast, on Saturday and Sunday.

The fifth named storm of the 2018 season formed in the eastern Atlantic early Saturday morning. The hurricane center said the storm has an 80 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm by Saturday. Immediate tropical development remains extremely unlikely as the wave is being impact by strong wind shear.

There are also some signs that a tropical wave east of the Windward Islands could develop into a depression or storm near Florida early next week.

An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, with six hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.

The government of the Cabo Verde Islands issued tropical storm warnings for Santiago, Fogo and Brava.

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Friday's forecast will be muggy, with some afternoon storms.

Bottom line: Don't cancel those Labor Day weekend plans, keep the umbrella around and pay attention to future forecasts.

Expect an onshore flow with increasing rain chances across Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia as the Labor Day weekend continues.

Showers and thunderstorms moving through the Caribbean are being watched for possible development into a tropical system during the next few days as they approach the U.S.

"Strong upper-level winds are expected to prevent any significant development of this system during the next several days, " the hurricane center said.