Tropical Storm Florence likely to develop today, become hurricane next week

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There is a high chance that this will develop into a tropical cyclone Friday as it moves west.

While the system has very little chance of having any further increased development, the rainfall the storm is carrying is considered the only threat, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The hurricane center's forecast cone shows Potential Tropical Cyclone Six continuing in that same direction before beginning a turn to the north Tuesday.

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The next named storm is likely to form off of the coast of Africa over the weekend.

Tropical Storm Warnings are now in place for the Cabo Verde Islands as the threat for strong winds and heavy rain will likely impact the islands within the next 24 hours or so.

St. Thomas and St. John were under a flood advisory for much of Thursday, and some weather systems raise flags for upcoming weeks as the hurricane season enters its most unsafe month. However, cooler ocean temperatures are expected to keep it from intensifying more.

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The chance of this developing into a tropical system looks pretty slim at this point thanks to strong wind shear in this part of the Atlantic, but it's something that needs to be watched over the next few days. It had winds of 30 miles per hour with stronger gusts.

The surprise system off Cuba is expected to be "a rainmaker" here, whether or not it becomes a tropical storm, said Jim Judge, emergency management director for Volusia County. Once it reaches the Gulf of Mexico, conditions for intensification could improve.

The effect on South Florida will be an increase in rain with some gusty downpours, especially late in the Labor Day weekend.

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Right now, current trends bring deeper, tropical moisture into the Gulf of Mexico for the Labor Day weekend as this tropical wave continues to move in from the southeast.

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