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Cheryl Sanders
September 1, 2016

It's important to remember that regardless of development, the large envelope of moisture around this tropical wave could still potentially lead to periods of heavy rain across Southwest Florida by early next week. This means there is less of a threat for direct landfall and possible tropical storm in Florida.

After that, conditions could become more favorable for development as the system moves into the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

That system is not expected to develop before hitting the Texas coast over the weekend, but could produce heavy rainfall along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to southeastern Texas during the next couple of days.

Dry air and high wind shear, inhibiting forces to tropical systems, has been keeping 99L very ragged.

The broad area of low pressure associated with a tropical wave is positioned between the Bahamas and Cuba right now. Tropical storm force winds are extending outward up to 115 miles from the storm's center and the estimated minimum central pressure for this system is 992mb (29.30 inches).

To keep up with storm activity as the season develops, bookmark the National Hurricane Center's website and keep an eye on your hometown Patch site for local information. The wave should track near south Florida by late weekend, possibly through the Florida Straits and then into the Gulf of Mexico by Monday.

Madeline's centre is located about 1,235 miles (1,990 kilometres) east of Hilo, Hawaii and moving towards the west-northwest at a speed of 12 miles (19 kilometres) per hour.

Formation chance through 48 hours are 20 percent and 60 percent through five days.

Forecasters said Gaston will become a hurricane again by Friday or Saturday, but it is not forecast to impact the continental U.S.

The peak of the hurricane season is around September 10, so it's not over. A total of 5-8 of these storms could strengthen into hurricanes and 2-4 of those could be major hurricanes with winds over 110 miles per hour.

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