PTC 6 expected to become tropical storm

PTC 6 expected to become tropical storm

PTC 6 expected to become tropical storm

The initial reports stemmed from a satellite image posted online, an image depicting a tropical storm, reportedly "stronger than Ophelia", that was set for the Northern Atlantic.

6 is located a couple of hundred miles east-southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands. While one forecast model (European model) was originally more aggressive in developing a potential tropical storm, it has now pulled back and is now suggesting something much weaker.

Storm Ophelia brought the country to a standstill previous year as average wind speeds of between 65 and 80km/h with some gusts of 110 to 130km/h struck the emerald isle.

The system is then expected to move away from the islands and intensify into a hurricane by the middle of next week.

Finally, while the tropical wave now over the Lesser Antilles is showing some increase in shower and thundershower activity, immediate tropical development is extremely unlikely due to high levels of wind shear. When it becomes a named storm, its name will be Florence. Once it reaches the Gulf of Mexico, conditions for intensification could improve.

The system, moving west, northwest, is expected to spread rain across Florida and the islands, including the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, into early next week, forecasters said.

The National Hurricane Center has already begun issuing advisories on what it calls "potential tropical cyclone six", which is just off the west coast of Africa and was expected to bring heavy rains and gusty winds to the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands on Friday.

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

After Florence, the next two names on this year's list of storms are Gordon and Helene.

Florence would be the season's sixth named storm.

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