Florida’s east coast can expect a visit from a Tropical Storm this weekend, as a new system traveling through the Atlantic picks up strength.
According to the National Hurricane Center, the system in the Atlantic is predicted to become a Tropical Storm in the next day or so. On the forecast track, the system is expected to move across the central and north-western Bahamas today, and along the Florida coast Saturday.
The potential tropical cyclone may produce total rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches in the Bahamas and Florida. The system is not expected to produce significant storm surge.
As of this morning, a tropical storm warning is in effect for Northwestern Bahamas, excluding Andros Island. A tropical storm watch is effect for Jupiter Inlet to Flagler-Volusia County.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours. “Interests elsewhere along the east coast of Florida should monitor the progress of this system. Additional watches and warnings may be required for portions of this area later today,” the NHC says.