Tropical Depression One Has Formed 120 Miles East of Brevard, Could Become Named Storm Saturday Night

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depression is moving toward the north-northeast near 13 mph

Tropical Depression One has formed about 120 miles east of Brevard County and National Weather Service forecasters say the system will become a depression or named storm Saturday night or early Sunday as it moves away from Florida and north-northeast along the eastern seaboard. (NWS image)

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Tropical Depression One has formed about 120 miles east of Brevard County and National Weather Service forecasters say the system will become a depression or named storm Saturday night or early Sunday as it moves away from Florida and north-northeast along the eastern seaboard.

The depression is moving toward the north-northeast near 13 mph and this motion should continue during the next day or so.

After that time, a faster northeastward motion is expected. On the forecast track, the depression is expected to move offshore, but parallel to, the coast of Florida tonight, and then move near or east of the coast of North Carolina on Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm on Sunday.

The estimated minimum central pressure based on surface observations and earlier aircraft reconnaissance data is 1008 mb (29.77 inches).

SPACE COAST DAILY TV: With the tropics heating up, longtime Central Florida Meteorologist and Space Coast Daily correspondent Danny Treanor offers some sage advice on how to prepare for the 2020 hurricane season.

Forecasters say the Space Coast has a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8 p.m., then a slight chance of showers. Skies will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 70, with north wind 5 to 15 mph and a chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

On Sunday, it will be partly sunny, with a high near 88. West northwest winds will be around 5 mph becoming north northeast in the afternoon.

On Sunday night skies will be partly cloudy, with a low around 69. North northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable.

A Small Craft Caution is posted for Sunday, with bumpy Atlantic seas. Surfers will find poor-to-fair conditions, with a lingering easterly swell.

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