Expect a wet Labor Day weekend. The tropical wave won't help


The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone 6, which is forecast to strengthen to Tropical Storm Florence and then a hurricane by Sunday.

Another area to watch, a tropical wave is moving through the Greater Antilles.

Those looking to spend Labor Day weekend outside should expect afternoon showers to start at about noon Saturday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Tony Hurt. This storm is expected to become better organized through the Labor Day weekend and current forecast tracks have it strengthening into a Category 1 hurricane by Tuesday.

As of 11:00 AM, we now have a potential tropical cyclone in the Atlantic Basin.

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Tropical Storm Florence, previously Potential Tropical Cyclone Six, will continue to slowly gain strength over the next few days as it moves west-northwest at about 10 miles per hour.

A potential tropical cyclone is a system that is not yet a fully formed tropical cyclone but will likely become one in the next 24 to 48 hours. Regardless of development, forecasters say the system is expected to bring rain to the area next week.

This is expected to move northwest over Cuba and into the Gulf of Mexico early next week. For instance, the GFS forecast for Friday morning 9/7 is showing max winds of 71kts, while the Euro forecast is showing max winds of 41kts or a weak Tropical Storm. Rainfall totals are around two inches so far and more rain is expected. The Atlantic Ocean temperature is starting to heat up and fewer strong plumes of dust coming off the western coast of Africa mean conditions are becoming a bit more favorable for tropical development.

A storm warning is in effect for the Cabo Verde Islands of Santiago, Fogo and Brava.