Tropical depression forms off African coast

Michele Stevens
September 1, 2018

Strong upper-level winds are expected to prevent any significant development of the system, with the chances of storm formation only 10 percent.

Bottom line: Don't cancel those Labor Day weekend plans, keep the umbrella around and pay attention to future forecasts. Afternoon storm chances will increase midday across inland areas.

A deep southeast flow is what has meteorologists forecasting downpours, gusty winds and frequent lightning as it moves across the area. Florence is continuing it's trek off the coast of West Africa, and while it is expected to gain some strength through the weekend, it will have no impact to land within the next five days.

Little change is expected in the overall weather pattern through Sunday, with rain chances at 40-50 percent and highs near 90 degrees.

Regardless of development, this system could produce heavy rainfall across portions of Hispaniola, the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Florida into early next week.

IRELAND could suffer a storm even stronger than Ophelia next month, if weather experts in the U.S. is to be believed. However, the weather service doesnt believe the tropical wave poses a threat to the region because its so disorganized.

An area of broad low pressure is now moving through the Northern Gulf, expected to increase the chance for rain and thunderstorms across the Brazos Valley Sunday, Labor Day Monday, and Tuesday. It is not expected to be a threat to the US coast. And, now that the weather is cooling down a bit, are we in for more dramatic weather?

The tropical wave near the Cabo Verde islands has formed into a tropical depression and will likely become tropical storm Florence over the weekend. Your photo could end up on Spectrum News 13.

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