Published: Fri, August 31, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

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

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

"Environmental conditions are favorable for additional development, and a tropical depression or a tropical storm could form [at] any time today or Friday", the NHC forecast stated.

Most of the reliable computer models, along with NHC, continue to suggest this system will intensify through the weekend and early next week as it moves WNW through the Tropical Atlantic (within the East Coast swell window).

The National Hurricane Center is tracking a tropical wave off the coast of Africa that is forecast to strengthen into a tropical depression by the weekend.

With the peak of hurricane season close at hand, there are signs that the tropical Atlantic may soon spring to life with the potential for direct impact on the coastal United States in the days ahead.

Given the high chances that this system could bring tropical storm conditions to a portion of the southern Cabo Verde Islands, advisories have been initiated on Potential Tropical Cyclone Six.

Located about 2,573 miles west of Hilo, Norman was packing maximum sustained winds of 65 mph while moving west-northwest at 10 mph at 5 a.m., according to the National Hurricane Center.

The odds strongly favor nothing more than a moisture surge accompanied by some gusty winds along the South Florida coast beginning on Monday and continuing into Tuesday. Further development of the wave looks slim as of right now.

Watch for storms with frequent lightning and heavy downpours.

There is a high chance that this will develop into a tropical cyclone Friday as it moves west.

The National Weather Service in Miami said models differ on location, timing and rain chances with the wave's arrival still a few days away.

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