Tropical Storm Gaston forms in Atlantic, but tropical wave remains focus

Tropical wave has 60 percent chance of development in next 5 days

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – There is a tropical storm churning in the Atlantic Ocean, but it's a tropical wave that Local 10 News hurricane specialist Max Mayfield said South Florida residents need to watch closely.

Tropical Storm Gaston formed late Monday night in the eastern Atlantic, but Local 10 News chief certified meteorologist Betty Davis said it isn't a threat to South Florida.

Instead, the focus for South Florida is on a tropical wave more than 1,000 miles away from South Florida.

"There is still some time to watch it," Davis said.

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The National Hurricane Center in Miami said it has a 60 percent chance of development within the next five days.

Mayfield said the thunderstorm activity "looks ragged," but some computer models have it headed on a path toward or near Florida.

The former director of the National Hurricane Center said the European model is one of the better models, and it shows continued intensification.

"We just can't tell which one is going to be right, but we need to watch it," Mayfield said.

Mayfield said he would like to see the European model come into agreement with the U.S. global model, which has a more optimistic outlook for South Florida.

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