FORT MYERS, Fla. — It has been a battle for tropical wave 99L to survive over the past day as it continues to move toward the west-northwest.
Dry air, wind shear and interaction with Hispanola are the primary reasons this system has been struggling.
Lowering wind shear, very warm waters in the projected path and a slowdown in the system’s movement leave the door open for possible strengthening and organization, but that’s unlikely to take place until Monday as it moves away from the west coast of Florida.
Heading into the weekend, the wave will approach an area from northern Cuba to southern Florida, primarily near the Florida Keys.
If the system were to become a named storm, it would be called Hermine.
Southwest Florida residents should continue to monitor the system for the very latest. Head to WINK News Hurricane Central to do that and to make sure you’ve taken the basic steps necessary to prepare.