More tropical moisture spins into Central Florida

Orlando area rain chances stand at 60% over the weekend

ORLANDO, Fla. – The tropics are poppin’ and Central Florida will see more tropical moisture Thursday thanks to a system that could soon become Hanna.

Rain chances will be off and on in the Orlando area, with a 50% coverage.

“Tropical moisture continues to move through as Tropical Depression 8 moves into the central Gulf of Mexico,” News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said.

Orlando will reach a high in the low 90s, near the average high of 92 for this time of year. The record high on this date is 98, set in 1962.

Rain chances stand at 60% Friday through the weekend.

Tropical Storm Hannah is on a projected path to Texas.

Hanna is the earliest eighth storm on record. Harvey, which formed in 2005, currently holds that record. The eighth named storm typically doesn’t form until Sept. 24.

Meanwhile, since Tropical Storm Gonzalo formed in the Atlantic, the system has been expected to become the first hurricane of the season, according to the National Hurricane Center. However, forecasters said in an 11 a.m. update Thursday that the storm’s future was facing some uncertainty.

According to News 6 meteorologist Jonathan Kegges, some of that uncertainty may be due to the fact that the storm is encountering a lot of Saharan dust in the Atlantic.

In a 11 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, forecasters were referring to Gonzalo as a “tiny” tropical storm but did not completely rule out the possibility of the system eventually reaching hurricane status.

“Some strengthening is forecast during the next day or two, and there is still a chance that Gonzalo could become a hurricane,” forecasters wrote in the advisory.

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The window for Gonzalo to intensify is closing. Once it makes its way into the Caribbean, conditions become less favorable.
The window for Gonzalo to intensify is closing. Once it makes its way into the Caribbean, conditions become less favorable.

As of Thursday evening, Gonzalo was located about 730 miles east of the southern Windward Islands and had maximum sustained winds near 60 mph with higher gusts, the Hurricane Center said. The system was moving west at 14 mph.

“Some computer models bring it to South America while some try to bring it north over Cuba,” Bridges said. “Again, if it moves over a large landmass, it will likely die out. We will continue to watch.”

The NHC said once Gonzalo moves into the Caribbean Sea, the system is expected to weaken.

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