Tropical wave may pose threat to Florida

80’S ON THE COASTLINE. INLAND, THE LOW 90’S. REACHING THE MID-90’S BEFORE FALLING BACK TO THE LOW 90’S BY THE WEEKEND. LET’S GO TO THE TROPICS. WE HAVE INVEST 98 L. AS IT MOVES INTO THE CARIBBEAN, LOOKING LIKE IT WILL BECOME A TROPICAL DEPRESSION BY LATE WEEK, IF NOT INTO THE WEEKEND. A LOOK TOWARDS MONDAY, IT LOOKS TO GAIN STRENGTH. EUROPEAN MODEL ON THE LEFT, GFS ON THE RIGHT. BOTH OF THESE MODELS SAYING SOMETHING IS GOING TO DEVELOP. HOWEVER, THE GFS IS A LITTLE BIT MORE WESTERLY WITH THAT TRACK AND A LITTLE BIT SLOWER WHILE THE EUROPEAN TRACK IS QUICKER AND TAKES A MORE EASTERN TRACK TOWARDS FLORIDA. THE EUROPEAN HAS IT GOING INTO CUBA AND THE GFS HAS IT MOVING OVER THE PENINSULA, THE YUCATAN PENINSULA. THE GFS LINGERS IN THE GULF OF MEXICO. BY FRIDAY, HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THESE MODELS. EUROPEAN SAYING WE ARE GOING TO SEE IMPACTS IN CENTRAL FLORIDA WHILE THE GFS IS SAYING, I AM GOING TO HANG OUT IN THE GULF FOR A WHILE. WE CERTAINLY NEED TO BE WATCHING MY MIDWEEK AND THE END OF NEXT WEEK. I THINK WE WILL GET A BETTER IDEA OF WHAT HAPPE

Tracking Invest 98-L: Will system pose threat to Florida?

ABOVE: Take a look at the model comparisons to see when and how this may impact Florida WESH 2 meteorologists are keeping a close eye on a tropical disturbance in the Southeast Caribbean Sea.As of Thursday morning, upper-level winds were inhibiting development, but the upper-level wind pattern ahead of the system is forecast to become a little more favorable in a couple of days.The system is given a 70% chance of development in the next 48 hours and a 90% chance of development in the next five days. “We still need to watch this storm very closely,” WESH 2 meteorologist Kellianne Klass said. “The general path still looks the same: into the Gulf and potentially impacts Florida, but the exact path is still unknown. Our two major models are still swapping between the panhandle and the peninsula. Either way, we are expecting this storm to strengthen. Models are also different on the timing. GFS is now slower, while the Euro is still looking like the mid-week/end of workweek timeframe.”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.KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WATCH IS ISSUEDStay 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 dayCanned food and soup, such as beans and chiliCan opener for the cans without the easy-open lidsAssemble a first-aid kitTwo weeks’ worth of prescription medicationsBaby/children’s needs, such as formula and diapersFlashlight and batteriesBattery-operated weather radioWHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUEDListen to the advice of local officials. If you are advised to evacuate, leave.Complete preparation activitiesIf 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 HURRICANEA 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 | AndroidEnable 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 SAFETYYour 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.

ABOVE: Take a look at the model comparisons to see when and how this may impact Florida

WESH 2 meteorologists are keeping a close eye on a tropical disturbance in the Southeast Caribbean Sea.

As of Thursday morning, upper-level winds were inhibiting development, but the upper-level wind pattern ahead of the system is forecast to become a little more favorable in a couple of days.

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

“We still need to watch this storm very closely,” WESH 2 meteorologist Kellianne Klass said. “The general path still looks the same: into the Gulf and potentially impacts Florida, but the exact path is still unknown. Our two major models are still swapping between the panhandle and the peninsula. Either way, we are expecting this storm to strengthen. Models are also different on the timing. GFS is now slower, while the Euro is still looking like the mid-week/end of workweek timeframe.”

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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.

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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