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Tropics active as holiday weekend approaches

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View of storms in the Atlantic. View of storms in the Atlantic.
View of storms near Hawaii. View of storms near Hawaii.
Hermine info and storm track as of 8 pm Wednesday. Hermine info and storm track as of 8 pm Wednesday.
Madeline info and storm track as of 9 pm Wednesday. Madeline info and storm track as of 9 pm Wednesday.
Lester info and storm track as of 8 pm Wednesday. Lester info and storm track as of 8 pm Wednesday.
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

As many prepare to travel on this holiday weekend, many others are preparing for tropical weather instead. Here is a look at a very active tropical pattern. 

Hermine:

Hermine is currently a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico. As of 11 pm on Friday this storm was packing max sustained winds of 60 mph and was forecast to make landfall late Thursday to Early Friday in the Florida panhandle. Hurricane warnings have now been posted along the Florida coast from the Suwanee River to Mexico Beach, as the system is expected to strengthen prior to landfall. Tropical storm watches and warnings are up across northern Florida, southern Georgia, and parts of South Carolina.

The system is expected to bring heavy rains and the possibility for some tornadoes to Florida, into Georgia, along with other locations in its path as it moves onto land. The system will continue to cause weather headaches as it pushes up the Atlantic coast of the US. 

Gaston:

Hurricane Gaston is currently a Category 2 storm in the mid Atlantic. The storm currently contains a max sustained wind of 105 mph. This storm is forecast to weaken as it moves to the east, and poses no threat to the US mainland. 

TD #8:

Tropical depression number 8 is a weaker tropical system off the coast of North Carolina and Virginia. This system only packs max sustained winds of 30 mph. It is forecast to remain off the coast, and weaken as it pushes to the north and east.

Madeline:

Tropical Storm Madeline has been weakening, but still poses a threat as it sits just east of Hawaii. The storm currently has a max sustained wind of 70 mph, and is prompting a tropical storm warning for many of the Hawaiian Islands and hurricane warnings for the ocean area around them. The storm is forecast to slide past the Big Island of Hawaii during the next 12 to 24 hours and push off into the Pacific after that. 

Lester:

Hurricane Lester is currently a strong category 4 storm directly east of Hawaii. The storm contains a powerful max sustained wind of 130 mph, and is forecast to hit much of the Hawaiian Islands. It is currently forecast to start affecting the Islands early in the day on Saturday. The good news is the storm is expected to weaken to a category 1 before impacting land, but the system certainly warrants keeping an eye on.

Areas to Watch:

On top of all the storms that are currently active there are also a few areas that need to be watched. A disturbance just off the coast of Africa is forecast to move toward the Caribbean over the next 5 days. Currently this system is only under a low likelihood to develop or become stronger during this time, but it is still an area to keep an eye on. 

In the Pacific there are two disturbances that need to be watched. One, far off the western coast of Mexico, is forecast to push further into the Pacific and only has a low risk for further development. The stronger disturbance, just off the coast of Central America, is forecast with a high chance to strengthen over the next 5 days, and is looking to move up the western coast of Mexico. This system will need to be monitored over the next several days. 

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