Florida could see Tropical Storm Humberto later this week

Pablo Tucker
September 11, 2019

Forecasters raised the probability of development - and raised it again - Wednesday morning for a tropical wave that is now located on the other side of Florida in the Atlantic.

Environmental conditions could become more favorable for development when the system moves into the Gulf of Mexico.

Amid a week filled with tropical downpours, wind, and a lot of humidity, we're keeping our eyes on a weak system that could bring more rain and wind to the Gulf states this weekend and into next week. The closer tropical wave is moving west but is not expected to organize in the next few days thanks to stronger wind shear.

How far north those cooler temperatures reach is still in question depending on the system's track, but the weather service in Birmingham said rain chances could increase for central Alabama from Sunday through Tuesday.

The National Hurricane Center says there's a 60 percent chance a tropical depression develops in the Gulf of Mexico over the next five days. There are now several other systems in the Atlantic. Some slow development is possible over the weekend or early next week when the system is expected to be a couple of hundred miles east of the lesser Antilles.

Stay with WPTV and Storm Team 5 for the latest developments on this storm. The ridge will then build more west across our area and into Texas tonight into Thursday, helping to warm highs back into the mid-to-upper-90s and drying conditions out.

NOAA's National Hurricane Center issued a Tropical Weather Outlook at 8 a.m. Rain coverage today should be around 40%, and storms could start firing up a little earlier in the day. The hurricane center is only giving us a 20% chance of development within the next five days and zero chance with in the next two.

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