1st tropical cyclone of season expected off coast of Florida
MIAMI — Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say there’s a good chance for a subtropical or tropical cyclone to form off the coast of Florida over the coming days.
In a special weather statement issued at 7:30 a.m. the center said an area of cloudiness and thunderstorms located over the Florida Straits was expected to move northeast and strengthen into a subtropical or tropical depression over the weekend.
“The system is forecast to move generally northeastward over the western Atlantic early next week. It has a medium (40 percent) chance of formation thru the next 48 hours and a high (70 percent) chance thru the next five days,” the center said in its statement.
Heavy rains were expected over the peninsula of Florida over the next day or two.
If a storm developed it would pose no threat to the Northwest Florida area.
The hurricane season typically runs from June 1 to November 30.