Sunday, September 03, 2006

Ernesto is Gone; Is Florence Developing Now?

The National Hurricane Center has classified the area of thunderstorms between the coast of Africa and the Windward Islands as a tropical depression this Sunday evening. Officially, it is Tropical Depression #6 and it could strengthen into Tropical Storm Florence late tonight or Monday.

Above is the forecast track from the 5pm Sunday advisory. Obviously, this system is a long way from impacting land. The tropical depression is now on a northwesterly track, but look for a more westerly track by midweek as a ridge builds across the Atlantic. The NHC brings this to a category one hurricane by the end of the work week. It is way too early to say where this will go beyond 5 days. If it were to come close to the U.S., it is at least a week or more away.

Track the storm with us by tuning into our tropical updates at :21 after the hour on News 14 Carolina. You can also find more online at

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