Tropical Storm Humberto increases odds of development as it heads toward Florida

A couple of tropical systems could be concerns for us

Florida could see Tropical Storm Humberto later this week

We are now tracking three tropical waves. Ship reports continue to indicate that tropical-storm-force wind gusts are occurring in some of the heavier squalls.

By Sunday, the disturbance will be west or northwest of Florida with maybe some lingering effects.

On Friday, it will still be east or southeast of Florida, so it could bring mostly wind and rain to our area Saturday. The wave has a 60 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression in the next five days and a 20 percent chance in the next 48 hours.

The first was about 650 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and had a 10 percent chance of development but is expected to move into an area that will be unfavorable for it to organize.

Limited development of this disturbance is expected during the next few days mainly because of upper-level winds.

The Hurricane Center also is watching two more possible tropical systems moving west across the Atlantic.

National Hurricane Center
National Hurricane Center

Stay with WPTV and Storm Team 5 for the latest developments on this storm.

NOAA's National Hurricane Center issued a Tropical Weather Outlook at 8 a.m.

While conditions are most favorable for tropical storms and hurricanes on the 10th of September, it doesn't guarantee there will be an active named storm. "All we're really talking about for us is an increase in our rain chances over Florida".

The good news is "slightly cooler temperatures" are possible this weekend from cloud coverage and rain showers, the weather service predicted. Sunday and Monday is looking wetter, as bands of rain will likely be pushing onshore from this incoming tropical wave, but models are inconsistent on strength.

Because the system is still so disorganized, there is not a lot of agreement among forecast models about where it will go after that, but most suggest it will continue on towards the northern Gulf Coast. This inconsistency leads to little confidence other than elevated rain chances at this time.

We'll keep you updated!

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