BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The tropics are busy with Hurricanes Florence, Helene, and Isaac churning over the Atlantic. However we are keeping an eye on a tropical wave closer to home . The tropical wave is in the Western Caribbean and moving to the northwest. Conditions don’t seem favorable at this time for development, but there is a small window of opportunity once it gets into the western Gulf of Mexico that it could become a tropical depression or tropical storm. Models suggest rain for the western part of the Gulf of Mexico in Texas and Mexico later this week. It it forms into a tropical storm, it will be named Joyce.
Hurricane Florence is headed towards the east coast and could make landfall as a major hurricane in either South Carolina, North Carolina or Virginia this weekend. Everyone in the path of Florence should take Florence seriously.
Hurricane Issac is a small, compact hurricane in the Atlantic Basin, moving west. Isaac is forecast to remain a hurricane as it approaches the Lesser Antilles. The combination of the islands and some wind shear look like it will knock it down to tropical storm strength. We’ll be keeping an eye on what happens this weekend with Isaac or what may be the remnants of Isaac.
Hurricane Helene is expected to turn north into the Atlantic, not affecting any land.