For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:
Special Tropical Weather Outlook issued to discuss the potential
for tropical or subtropical development near the northwest Bahamas.
Satellite data and surface observations indicate that the trough of
low pressure located over the Straits of Florida has generally
changed little today. This system continues to produce
a large area of disorganized shower activity and gusty winds
across the Florida Keys, portions of southeast Florida, and
the northwestern Bahamas. Gradual development of this system is
still expected, and it will likely become a tropical or subtropical
storm on Saturday when it is located near the northwestern Bahamas.
Later in the weekend and early next week, the system is expected to
move generally northeastward over the western Atlantic.
1. Regardless of development, the disturbance will continue to bring
heavy rainfall and wind gusts to tropical-storm-force across
portions of the Florida Keys, southeast Florida and the Bahamas
through Saturday. In addition, hazardous marine conditions are
expected along the Florida east coast and in the Bahamas where Gale
Warnings are in effect. Dangerous surf conditions and rip currents
are possible along portions of the southeast U.S. coast this
weekend and early next week. See products from your local weather
office and High Seas Forecasts for more details. An Air Force
Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the
disturbance tomorrow morning, if necessary. The next Special
Tropical Weather Outlook on this system will be issued by 9 PM EDT
tonight, or earlier, if necessary.
Formation chance through 48 hours...high...80 percent.
Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.
High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service can be
found under AWIPS header NFDHSFAT1, WMO header FZNT01 KWBC, and
available on the Web at ocean.weather.gov/shtml/NFDHSFAT1.shtml.