Invest 98L isn’t a problem -yet. But it is something we definitely need to be watching here in Southwest Florida.
The big news going on right now is Hurricane Fiona. As of this morning’s update, it’s a Category 4 Hurricane with sustained winds of 130 mph. The truth is, Hurricane Fiona and Tropical Storm Gaston pose no threat to us here in Florida. It’s the next one we’re watching. Here’s the official report from NOAA:
“A tropical wave is producing shower and thunderstorm activity a couple hundred miles east of the southern Windward Islands. The system continues to show signs of organization, and it will likely become a tropical depression within the next couple of days. The disturbance is forecast to move west-northwestward across the southern Windward Islands today and then move toward the central Caribbean Sea later this week. Interests in the Windward Islands should closely monitor the progress of this system as heavy rainfall and gusty winds are affecting these islands. Regardless of development, heavy rainfall is forecast to affect northwestern Venezuela, northeastern Colombia, and the ABC island chain later this week. * Formation chance through 48 hours…high…70 percent. * Formation chance through 5 days…high…90 percent.”
Invest 98L is Likely To Become A Strong Storm
It’s still too far out to make determinations, but we are definitely in the concern phase for the possibility of something mid next week. Last year’s season was nothing, so it’s easy to get complacent. Here’s our Hurricane Guide for you to look over. Don’t start putting up your shutters or filling up gas cans just yet. We’re not at that point.