The First Tropical Storm Of The Season Could Hit Florida This Weekend
Hurricane season is just around the corner.
The start of the 2020 hurricane season in Florida is still weeks away, but the Atlantic is already heating up. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued an advisory on Tuesday about a storm system that has the potential of becoming subtropical off the east coast of Florida. The storm could bring thunderstorms to South Florida this weekend and has the potential to become a tropical storm.
According to the NHC advisory, the system is located northeast of the Bahamas, which are still recovering from last year's Hurricane Dorian. Currently, it has a high chance of developing into a stronger storm over the next five days.
The warm waters in the area may fuel this storm into a tropical system. 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.
Fortunately, this system is unlikely to make landfall and will remain offshore. However, AccuWeather predicts South Florida could see showers, thunderstorms, and rough seas later this week.
As of Wednesday, the NHC updated theirto announce that there's a 70% chance of a subtropical depression or storm forming this weekend as it moves northeastward over the western Atlantic. Originally, it had it at a 50% possibility of upgrading.
With Hurricane Awareness Week in South Florida starting on Monday, this new system underscores the need to be prepared for such storms as early as possible. The official start date of the hurricane season isn't expected until June 1.
In light of COVID-19, the state is implementing special measures for this year's hurricane season.
Florida will add masks to its hurricane supplies, and evacuation plans may allow for more residents to stay home rather than crowd into shelters.
As this system continues to develop, the NHC will provide updates throughout the week for any new developments on the storm.
*This piece has been updated.