Hurricane season is back with a possible storm 'as strong as Ophelia'

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

Tropical depression six has now strengthened into Tropical Storm Florence. We are not anticipating any impacts for us, or the USA, but shifts in the forecast track are certainly possible. Regardless, even though this tropical wave will bring a higher chance of rain through the beginning of next week it won't be all that different from the types of storms we have seen recently.

Infrared satellite loop over the tropical disturbance near the island of Hispaniola on Friday morning.

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. Be prepared for a very rainy day Monday from start to finish until the wave continues to the northwest into the Gulf of Mexico.

The effect on South Florida will be an increase in rain with some gusty downpours, especially late in the Labor Day weekend.

But there is plenty of Atlantic Hurricane Season left, which does not come to an end until November 30.

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The Pinpoint Weather Team will continue to monitor both systems over the next few days.

The first is a tropical wave over the Caribbean that has the potential to move into the Gulf of Mexico by the middle of next week.

On average, the sixth named storm forms on September 6. The Accumulated Cyclone Energy - a measure of the strength and longevity of a storm - is 17.5 this season when the normal is 28.7.

A third tropical wave is forecast, by at least one model, to emerge from the African coast around Sept 7 or 8.

After Florence, the next two names on this year's list of storms are Gordon and Helene.

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