Florence gains strength, Isaac weakens, & keeping an eye on the western Gulf


Tropics remain active across the Atlantic Basin with three named storms.

Major Hurricane Florence rapidly intensified yesterday into a Category 4 Storm with sustained winds at 140 mph!  

Florence is still a Category 4 Hurricane this morning as it will not pose a threat to the Gulf of Mexico but will have a major impact for the southeast coast of the U.S. later this week.  

Isaac has weakened since yesterday and is now a strong tropical storm.  

Isaac will continue a westward track into the Caribbean where it should continue to weaken.  

Uncertainly with the forecast beyond 5 days is extremely high with a few models keeping Isaac near the Gulf. 

As of this time, the threat for Isaac to reach the gulf is extremely low but that possibility has returned to the table today as a couple models showcase that scenario.

Hurricane Helene is forecasted to make a sharp turn north and stay in the Atlantic through its lifespan. 

Closer to home, a disturbance in the western Caribbean has a 60% chance of becoming a tropical system over the next 5 days as this disturbance moves into the western Gulf. 

There could be some development before it reaches the southern Texas coast line but heavy rains will spread into Texas regardless of development. 

This disturbance will be close to Louisiana and some bouts of heavy rain will be possible late this week, with most impacts staying across Texas. 

Models support a tropical depression or very weak tropical storm forming from this area of concern.

The next name on the list is Joyce.

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