The First Tropical Storm Of The Season Could Hit Florida This Weekend


According to the Miami-based forecast centre the low pressure weather system has a 70 percent chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours over the Straits of Florida.

An area of low pressure located just offshore of the southeast coast of Florida continues to produce shower activity and gusty winds from portions of southeast and east-central Florida eastward across the northwestern Bahamas and the adjacent Atlantic waters (marked with a red "X").

While 97 per cent of tropical systems develop between June 1st and Nov 30th, sometimes you can have early pre-season storms that develop based on weather conditions.

The system is not expected to threaten Florida or the Bahamas as it moves northeast this weekend.

If it develops further, this could possibly be the first-named system of the 2020 hurricane season, which would be called Arthur, according to Florida Today.

NWS officials are reminding all residents in Atlantic Coast states to start preparing for the upcoming hurricane season. There is now a medium chance for a depression or storm to form on Thursday or Friday.

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Beaches from Georgia, through SC and up to the North Carolina Outer Banks should expect big waves and strong rip currents from the storm, the National Weather Service said.

Top forecasters from Colorado State University said last month that 16 named tropical storms are expected to form, eight of which could become hurricanes.

If the system were named, it would be Arthur, the first name on this year's Atlantic hurricane list.

The 2020 hurricane season may be an above-average season.

"We're now on the south side of the departing disturbance", said CBS4 meteorologist Craig Setzer in a tweet.

The Atlantic basin hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to November 30, but there have been recent exceptions. Tropical Storm Arlene formed in April 2017, succeeded by Tropical Storm Alberto in May 2018 and Tropical Storm Andrea from past year.