Tropical Storm Helene and Tropical Depression Nine move off the African Coast

Posted: Sep 07, 2018 6:02 PM -04:00 Updated:
FORT MYERS, Fla. -

Late Friday night, Tropical Storm Helene developed off the west coast of Africa, and ever since then, it has continued to gain strength.


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As of the 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, winds within Helene were up to 45 miles per hour and is currently moving to the west at a quick pace of 13 miles per hour. That tropical update also forecasts Helene to strengthen into a hurricane by the end of the weekend.

Tropical Depression Nine is also gradually gaining strength Saturday morning, although it is not looking impressive on the satellite imagery. The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center, however, does have this system strengthening into Tropical Storm Isaac by the end of the day.

TD Nine is taking a more direct westward trek, but will eventually move into an area of higher wind shear, which could prevent it from developing too quickly.

There is the chance that it will dodge enough of that wind shear to continue moving toward the west over the next 5 to 7 days.

Count on the NBC2 Hurricane Tracking Team for the latest updates on Tropical Depression Nine and Tropical Storm Helene.

 

 

 

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