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Tropical Storm Kate forms in the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Kate has formed in the central Atlantic with maximum sustained winds at 45 mph.  Formerly known as Tropical Depression Ten, Kate is forecast to gradually strengthen over the next few days as the system generally moves north over the open Atlantic.  Forecast models are in strong agreement the storm will stay out at sea and not threaten the U.S. mainland.  NEW TROPICAL WAVE NEAR AFRICA Farther out at sea near the coast of Africa, another strong tropical wave has a high chance of developing as it continues to move west. The National Hurricane Center gives the disturbance an 80%...

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Tropical Depression Eight expected to become ‘Henri’ today

Tropical Depression Eight formed near Bermuda late Sunday night, and the storm is on track to strengthen into the 8th named storm of the season later today.  The storm hasn’t gained any strength so far today as it deals with fairly strong upper-level winds, but the National Hurricane Center is forecasting the system to strengthen into Tropical Storm Henri as early as today.  As of Monday morning, the storm is forecast to stay out at sea with no direct impacts to the U.S. mainland.  For the latest on this storm and more count on the NBC 2 Hurricane Tracking Team to keep you updated online...

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SWFL in the cone of concern as Potential Tropical Cyclone 6 forms near the Leeward Islands

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the eastern Dominican Republic Monday evening as Potential Tropical Cyclone 6 continues moving west-northwest at 16 mph. As of the 11 p.m. Monday advisory from the National Hurricane Center the system is producing maximum sustained winds of 35 mph as it swirls 40 miles east-southeast of Dominica.   Potential Tropical Cyclone is the term used to describe a weather system that is not yet strong or organized enough to be considered a tropical depression or tropical storm. However, in the next two days, it is forecast...

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Viewer question: How does Elsa compare to Irma?

Click HERE for the latest on Tropical Storm Elsa. An NBC2 viewer wanted to know how Tropical Storm Elsa compares to Hurricane Irma, and other major storms. As Meteorologist Rob Duns explains, it’s all about feet. Hurricane Irma had a very large footprint, about 400 miles wide. Tropical Storm Elsa covers a fraction of that, at about 70 miles across. Hence, the “small feet.” Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on September 10, 2017, with catastrophic impacts across Southwest Florida. Tropical Storm Elsa will be nothing like that, though you should always be prepared...

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First forecast cone issued on Potential Tropical Cyclone 5

Areas of South Florida just south of Collier County are inside the long-range forecast cone of Potential Tropical Cyclone 5.  The initial advisory was released at 5 p.m. this evening and shows the system becoming a tropical storm later tonight, and then moving west-northwestward over the Caribbean Sea this weekend. As of now, the extended range of the forecast cone does include parts of Florida, just south of the Collier County line. It’s important to note that forecast cones do not depict the only areas that see impacts from tropical systems. The cones express where based on...

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Two areas of interest in the Atlantic

Two tropical waves have the potential to develop as they move generally west-northwest through the Atlantic.  The first area of low pressure is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms but is unlikely to develop over the next few days with only a 10% chance of development. The second area of interest has a greater chance of development at 50% over the next two days and a 70% chance of development over the next five days.  During the month of June, it is more common to see developments in the Gulf of Mexico or the Caribbean. As of now, those regions are quiet. The NBC 2 First Alert...

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