National Hurricane Center Continues to Monitor Potential Tropical Depression
By Space Coast Daily // May 14, 2020
Hurricane season begins June 1
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – National Hurricane Center is continuing to monitor a system that is expected to become a subtropical depression this weekend when it moves near the Bahamas.
” A trough of low pressure over the Straits of Florida is producing a large area of cloudiness and thunderstorms.,” said National Weather Service in a statement.
“Regardless of development, the disturbance has the potential to bring heavy rainfall to portions of the Florida Keys, southeast Florida, and the Bahamas through Saturday. Tropical-storm-force wind gusts are also possible in the Florida Keys, southeast Florida, and the Bahamas during the next day or two.”
As of Thursday afternoon, this system contains thunderstorms located over the Straits of Florida and will move over Florida where it is expected to develop into a tropical depression after it moves off the east coast of Florida.
Gale Warnings are in effect as the system is expected to bring hazardous marine conditions along the Florida east coast, including the Space Coast.
A Gale Warning means winds of 34 50 47 knots are imminent or occurring. Operating a vessel Gale conditions requires experience and properly equipped vessels. It is highly recommended that mariners without the proper experience seek safe harbor prior to the onset of Gale conditions.
Experts project a 70-percent chance the system will develop further in the next two days.
Over the next five days, experts give a 80-percent chance it will strengthen as it moves further into the Atlantic.
If projections hold true, the system will be named ‘Arthur’ and would be the first named storm of 2020.
Hurricane season officially begins on June 1.
The next scheduled update on this system will be Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET.
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