Earlier this week, the beginnings of a tropical disturbance were being tracked over Cuba and have now moved closer towards Florida’s Gulf Coast. As the storm brews in the Gulf, Floridians are holding their breath waiting to see if it will explode into a full-blown tropical storm. Either way, the weekend is shaping up to be a wet one.
The NOAA has forecasted that the tropical wave now has a 70% chance of evolving into a tropical storm in the next 48 hours, with about an 80% chance of formation in the next five days.
Their latest update suggests that conditions are ripening for further development. As the storm picks up speed and moves to the northwestern corner of the Gulf, the chance of evolution has risen.
CNN Meteorologist Allison Chinchar reported that in the event the wave does not develop into something bigger, it will still threaten the west coast with dangerous rip currents, surf conditions, and intense rainfall.
The tropical disturbance has been met with an area of low pressure, stirring up scattered thunderstorms.
The Weather Channel currently reports that Central Florida has a 40% chance of rain for Friday, increasing to a 60% chance through both Saturday and Sunday.
The 15 consecutive days of rainfall are expected to see a mix of scattered and p.m. thunderstorms.
A tropical wave over the eastern Gulf of Mexico could become a tropical depression during the next few days while i… https://t.co/fGa2cyIZIp— National Hurricane Center (@National Hurricane Center)1595419002.0
NOAA also reports that an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft has been set to inspect the developing system further later today if needed.
This disturbance is followed close behind by another rapidly evolving tropical storm, recently named Gonzalo.
You’ll probably want to make some indoor plans for the weekend at this point as you stay safe and keep up to date on developing weather news!