Tropical Depression Florence continues to churn over the open waters of the Atlantic while posing no threat to land.
When it rains, it pours...tropical systems! Soon after Tropical Storm Ernesto formed in the Atlantic Basin, another strong tropical wave moved off the coast of Africa.
That wave then developed a well-defined center of circulation and was classified as Tropical Depression Six late Friday night.
By Saturday morning, satellite intensity estimates showed that sustained winds had ramped up to tropical storm force. As a result, Tropical Storm Florence was named in the Atlantic.
However, due to dry air and increased shear, Florence was downgraded to a tropical depression early Monday morning. Satellite imagery showed very little thunderstorm activity associated with the storm, a clear sign of a weakening system.
The storm is located over 1600 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands and it will continue chugging westward through the open waters of the central Atlantic the next few days.
It looks like Florence maxed out intensity wise as a large amount of dry, dusty air exists north and west of the storm which will inhibit further strengthening.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists expect the gradual weakening trend to continue over the next couple of days.
As Florence passes to the north of the Lesser Antilles by the middle of this week, it will continue to fight with that dry, dusty air and and that should lead even more weakening. It's even possible that Florence will dissipate by Thursday or Friday.
Even though no land impacts are expected from Florence, we will continue to monitor its progress during the upcoming week.
Keep checking back to the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center as we continue to track all the tropical entities in the Atlantic Basin.
A tornado touched down and wreaked havoc at Cherrystone Campground in Virginia on Thursday morning, causing two fatalities and nearly two dozen injuries.
A potent storm system moving out of the Northwest United States will bring an elevated risk of tornadoes to parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan on Thursday.
Strong and severe thunderstorms from Canada and the northern Plains Thursday will shift into the Midwest and Ohio Valley in time for the weekend.
Tropical Rainstorm Matmo will bring heavy rain to Korea and Japan this weekend.
Thunderstorms bring the flash of white-hot splintered bolts that illuminate the blackened skies, creating a spectacular light show, and the looming threat of electrocution.
Former Typhoon Matmo continues to wreak havoc across portions of China.
Lawrence, KS (1886)
No rain at all since June 26 of that year.
A hot day throughout the state; Columbus 104 degrees; Augusta - 106 degrees; Louisville - 112 degrees -- record high for state.
Tucson, AZ (1952)
60-mph winds ripped roofs off an apartment complex and an airplane hangar, sweeping dust and sand through the city and leaving 200 persons homeless.