Tropical Invest 97 is looking very organized on satellite imagery this evening (center of image above). I would not be at all surprised if this system were to become Tropical Storm Irene on Saturday. An Air Force Hurricane Hunter is scheduled to investigate the system tomorrow.
Residents of Florida and adjacent portions of the southeast U.S. need to keep a close eye on this system as computer forecast models continue to converge on this region for potential landfall at the end of next week:
I plan to make one or more detailed posts regarding the model forecasts of this system over the weekend, so stay tuned!
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