SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A cluster of clouds in the Gulf waters has developed enough structure to be classified as Tropical Depression 8. As of this morning T.D.8 continues to develop strong thunderstorms in a moist and favorable environment. It is forecast to strengthen into a tropical storm named Hanna by Friday. As it makes landfall on the Texas coastline Saturday as, mostly, a rainmaker it will also tend to draw in drier air for the Suncoast. Today The moisture that T.D.8 helps to bring into the air over Florida will once again lead to good chances for afternoon thunderstorms on the Suncoast. The same is true on Friday.
Ganzalo is a strong tropical storm, soon to be a hurricane, located almost 2500 miles away from the Suncoast in the open waters of the Atlantic. It too is no threat to the Suncoast at this time. However, it is one to watch later this weekend and into next week. Some very long range computer models put the storm, or what may be left of it, into the Gulf waters where it could influence our forecast for late next week.