Trop­i­cal wave threat­ens soggy Labor Day

Haz­ardous weather out­look in force through long weekend, with pock­ets of heavy rain.

Palm Beach Daily News - - TODAY - By HANNAH MORSE

Rain, rain and more rain is in the fore­cast this Labor Day weekend, only height­ened by a trop­i­cal wave ap­proach­ing Florida early next week.

There’s a 50 per­cent chance of show­ers and thun­der­storms to­day, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice. The highs should re­main in the up­per 80s through­out the weekend, with the lows dip­ping to the up­per 70s.

A haz­ardous weather out­look re­mains in ef­fect, with a mod­er­ate risk of rip cur­rents and scat­tered thun­der­storms that will likely con­tinue through­out the weekend, NWS me­te­o­rol­o­gist Andrew Ha­gen said.

A trop­i­cal wave that is just north of His­pan­iola has a 40 per­cent chance of form­ing in the next four days.

It will likely cre­ate pock­ets of heavy rain, lo­cal­ized flood­ing, and iso­lated tor­na­does and wa­ter­spouts be­tween late tonight and early Tues­day.

The rain threats are equally haz­ardous from Palm Beach to Mi­ami-Dade coun­ties. The raini­est day is likely to be Mon­day.

Ha­gen ad­vised every­one to stay alert this hol­i­day weekend.

“Although we do think the heavy rain and flood­ing is the only threat, some­times these dis­tur­bances can ramp up quickly,” he said.

The sys­tem could move into the Gulf of Mex­ico coast by the mid­dle of next week

Mean­while, Trop­i­cal De­pres­sion 6 was up­graded to Trop­i­cal Storm Florence on Satur­day morn­ing, mak­ing it the sixth named storm of the 2018 hur­ri­cane sea­son.

A trop­i­cal storm warn­ing was is­sued for the Cape Verde is­lands of San­ti­ago, Fogo and Brava, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter.

On Satur­day, the storm was mov­ing west-north­west at 14 mph a few hun­dred miles west of Cape Verde. The high­est sus­tained winds clocked in at 40 mph, with even stronger gusts. Trop­i­cal storm force winds stretched out 35 miles from the storm’s cen­ter.

The NHC ex­pected it keep this track for about two days, and then to slow down by day five and shift in a north­west di­rec­tion into the At­lantic, pos­ing no threat to the Caribbean and the south­ern United States.

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