Storm Florence pushes towards hurricane force

The recently-designated Tropical Storm Florence could become a hurricane again sometime over this weekend. According to the Bahamas Department of Meteorology in Grand Bahama, at 11a.m., Tropical Storm Florence was located near 25.0 north 51.8 west, moving toward the west, at approximately eight miles per hour (mph), and this general motion is expected to continue through Sunday. Maximum sustained winds were near 65 mph with higher gusts.

It was reported that Florence could become a hurricane again by today (September 8) night or Sunday (September 9).

Tropical Storm Gordon was also sighted. Gordon was located near 35.3n 92.0w moving toward the north near 7 mph and this motion is expected to continue over the next 12 hours. Maximum sustained winds were recorded in the 10 mph range on Friday.

Another disturbance was centered near 13.1n 17.8w moving toward the west, at nearly 10 mph. A westward to west- northwestward motion with a gradual increase in forward speed was forecast. Maximum sustained winds were last reported near 35 mph with higher gusts.

A circulation of a low pressure system was also located about 650 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands and late Friday was gradually becoming better defined. In addition, the associated showers and thunderstorms remain fairly concentrated near the center.

This system was expected to become a tropical depression later Friday (September 7) night, while moving slowly westward across the tropical Atlantic Ocean.

James stated that there was an area of low pressure centered about 500 miles west of the Cabo Verde islands which was producing concentrated showers and thunderstorms.

At press time, showers and thunderstorms had increased in association with a tropical wave and accompanying low pressure system near the west coast of Africa.

Florence and Gordon are among several named storms for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. So far this season we have also had Subtropical Storm Debby, Storm Alberto, which formed in May, as well as Hurricane Beryl and Hurricane Chris.

Hurricane Chris has been downgraded to a Post-Tropical Storm. Chris, was declared a post-tropical storm on Thursday (July 12) by the United States’ National Hurricane Center.

Chris, was upgraded to hurricane status late Tuesday (July 10) after it increased in speed and strength.
Beryl went from a tropical storm to the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season in early July but was quickly downgraded to a tropical storm by Sunday (July 8) and eventually dissipated.

The year’s first named storm, Alberto, hit in late May. It made landfall on the Florida Panhandle as a subtropical storm and ushered in drenching rains across states in the South and Midwest. At least five people died in incidents related to that storm.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, and peaks from mid-August to late-October.

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