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Tropical wave that may impact Florida given high chance of formation

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WESH 2 meteorologists are keeping a close eye on a tropical disturbance in the Atlantic Ocean.

Invest 98-L, located several hundred miles east of the Windward Islands, is one that may have an impact on Florida. It's moving west-northwestward across the eastern Caribbean Sea and could be over the central Caribbean Sea this weekend.

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"Showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave located over the far southeastern Caribbean Sea have changed little in organization since this morning. Environmental conditions are forecast to become more conducive for development, and a tropical depression is likely to form within the next couple of days," the National Hurricane Center said.

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The system is given a 70% chance of formation in 48 hours and a 90% chance of formation in five days.

The Hurricane Hunters will fly over the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday to survey the storm. Data from this mission will be used to create the newest models.

"This could become a tropical depression later this week as it drifts into the Caribbean," WESH 2 Meteorologist Kellianne Klass said. "The GFS and Euro are both showing this storm strengthening as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico next week. Watching midweek through the end of the workweek as a rough timeline. What we need to watch is the exact path of this storm. The latest GFS run moves the storm closer to Central Florida, whereas the previous run has it farther away."

Meanwhile, Hurricane Fiona is drifting through the Atlantic as a major Category 4 storm. And Tropical Storm Gaston is not expected to pose a threat to land.

Other tropical disturbances to watch

A tropical wave is expected to move off the west coast of Africa over the next few days.

Environmental conditions will allow for the system to have the ability to develop through the week.

There is a 50% chance of formation over the next two days and a 60% chance of formation over the next five days, according to NHC.

A tropical wave southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing disorganized showers.

The system could slowly develop over the next few days as it moves over the tropical Atlantic.

There is a 20% chance of formation over the next two days and a 30% chance of formation over the next five days, according to NHC.

KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WATCH IS ISSUED

  • Stay tuned to WESH 2 News, WESH.COM, or NOAA Weather Radio for storm updates.
  • Prepare to bring inside any lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants, and anything else that can be picked up by the wind.
  • Understand hurricane forecast models and cones.
  • Prepare to cover all windows of your home. If shutters have not been installed, use precut plywood.
  • Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first-aid supplies, drinking water, and medications.

The WESH 2 First Warning Weather Team recommends you have these items ready before the storm strikes.

  • Bottled water: One gallon of water per person per day
  • Canned food and soup, such as beans and chili
  • Can opener for the cans without the easy-open lids
  • Assemble a first-aid kit
  • Two weeks' worth of prescription medications
  • Baby/children's needs, such as formula and diapers
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Battery-operated weather radio

WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUED

  • Listen to the advice of local officials. If you are advised to evacuate, leave.
  • Complete preparation activities
  • If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows.
  • Be alert for tornadoes. Tornadoes can happen during a hurricane and after it passes over. Remain indoors, in the center of your home, in a closet or bathroom without windows.

HOW YOUR SMARTPHONE CAN HELP DURING A HURRICANE

A smartphone can be your best friend in a hurricane — with the right websites and apps, you can turn it into a powerful tool for guiding you through a storm’s approach, arrival and aftermath.

Download the WESH 2 News app for iOS | Android

Enable emergency alerts — if you have an iPhone, select settings, then go into notifications. From there, look for government alerts and enable emergency alerts.

If you have an Android phone, from the home page of the app, scroll to the right along the bottom and click on "settings." On the settings menu, click on "severe weather alerts." From the menu, select from most severe, moderate-severe, or all alerts.

PET AND ANIMAL SAFETY

Your pet should be a part of your family plan. If you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them too. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe space for them, could result in injury or death.

  • Contact hotels and motels outside of your immediate area to see if they take pets.
  • Ask friends, relatives and others outside of the affected area whether they could shelter your animal.

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