Tropical Storm Norman forecast to reach hurricane strength today

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"All of the models show some development of this wave in the waters near the Cabo Verde Islands off the coast of Africa as early as Saturday", said Weather Underground co-founder Jeff Masters in his Cat 6 blog.

Tropical Storm Norman's forecast track as of 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Thursday morning the National Hurricane Center issued the first advisory for Potential Tropical Cyclone Six.

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. In the short term, the system is just forecast to bring tropical storm conditions to the Cabo Verde Islands, but it will eventually strengthen. "Thereafter, it's possible that a tropical storm could form as this moves away from Florida and heads toward the central Gulf Coast during the middle of next week".

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Most of the reliable computer models suggest the storm will intensify as it moves WNW over the next couple of days.

An ominous satellite image has been released by the Joint Cyclone Centre in Florida, warning that a storm "as strong as Ophelia" could strike in mid-September, bringing with it as much destruction as its predecessor, which hit the country on October 16 past year.

"By Sunday and into your Labor Day, some computer models are hinting at the possibility of a weak tropical wave tracking near Florida", Campos said.

Although chances of formation into a tropical system are very low, enhanced rainfall across the state is likely. "The timing of higher rain chances will be hard to pinpoint due to some model inconsistencies, so the forecast will continue to remain at 50-60 percent, for now".

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