Forecasters eyeing tropical system headed into Gulf

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Another area we have been monitoring was named at 5 a.m. this morning and is now Tropical Storm Florence. "But we don't see, at this time, any tropical cyclone formation". This system is expected to move near the Florida Peninsula this weekend.

If the wave makes it into the Gulf of Mexico, it will have plenty of warm water to "feast on", said Jeff Masters, co-founder of Weather Underground.

One-week rainfall forecast valid from Friday morning through next Friday morning.

We will report any weather that could impact our area, but don't see any need to address rain from Tropical Storm Florence unless it turns risky.

As of Friday evening, Tropical Depression 6 was still just south of the Cabo Verde Islands off the coast of Africa, strengthening as it moved west.

Another update will be released on Tropical Storm Florence at 5pm.

The Pinpoint Weather Team will continue to monitor both systems over the next few days. At least through the middle of next week, it is not a threat to land.

A tropical wave is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms across Hispaniola and the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean on Saturday. "The National Hurricane Center isnt looking at it for any kind of development". The Accumulated Cyclone Energy - a measure of the strength and longevity of a storm - is 17.5 this season when the normal is 28.7. Fortunately, future-Florence's forecast track does not look anything like Irma's. In addition, late August to mid-September marks the peak of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, with September 19 being the climatological pinnacle of the season. Steering flows continue to take the storm off to the west-northwest, away from any major landmasses.

Bottom line: Don't cancel those Labor Day weekend plans, keep the umbrella around and pay attention to future forecasts.