Tropical wave threatens soggy Labor Day
Hazardous weather outlook in force through long weekend, with pockets of heavy rain.
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.