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Weather Alert for the Nature Coast – Tropical Activity

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on September 9, 2018

Updated September 9, 2018

With hurricane season moving into full activity, the Hernando County Emergency Management Department provides an update of current tropical activities for Florida’s Nature Coast.

Tropical Depression Gordon: The remnants from Gordon continue to move over Arkansas.

Tropical Storm Florence has been downgraded from hurricane status, maximum sustained winds are currently at 65 mph. This storm is expected to reintensify, possibly back to major hurricane strength. The risk of impact along the U.S. East Coast next week has increased. However, there is still uncertainty in Florence’s track and it is too early to determine the exact location, magnitude, and timing of possible impacts.

Ahead of Florence, a trough of low pressure (yellow X) is producing a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the western Atlantic Ocean. Development, if any, of this system should be slow to occur during the next few days before environmental conditions become unfavorable. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) gives this area of low pressure a low chance of formation, 10% through 48 hours and 20% through the next 5 days.

A tropical wave (Invest 92L), located about 700 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands, is well defined. Conditions are expected to be favorable for additional development, and a tropical depression is expected to form in the next few days. This low is expected to move slowly westward across the tropical Atlantic Ocean during the next several days. The NHC gives 92L a 90% (high) chance of development over the next 48 hours, as well as a 90% (high) chance for development in 3-5 days.

Another tropical wave, designated Potential Tropical Cyclone #8 is moving off the west coast of Africa. Maximum sustained winds are currently at 35 mph. NHC gives this system a 100% (high) chance of formation during the next 2 days.


  • This is the time of year when the tropics are particularly active. Take the time to refresh your emergency supply kit before a tropical event threatens our area.
  • Review and update your family emergency plan as needed.
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