The National Hurricane Center is currently monitoring a tropical wave in the eastern Caribbean for potential development over the next five days.
This disturbance has a hard battle as it moves over mountainous terrain and through high wind shear, which typically rips storms apart. Regardless of development, this tropical wave is likely to increase rain chances in Florida late this week and into the weekend.
TROPICAL UPDATE: I’m watching a weak tropical wave that will approach Florida late week / weekend. Development chances are *currently* low, but still possible. Regardless will increase rain chances. Also another wave that just left Africa too! #swfl #flwx pic.twitter.com/FGLrqdLBbN
— Matt Devitt (@MattDevittWINK) July 29, 2019
As of 5 a.m., the NHC forecasts the tropical wave to move west-northwest across the Caribbean Sea over the next few days, dumping heavy rain which could lead to localized flooding across parts of the Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola.
While low development is expected right now, the disturbance will likely move near or over the Florida Straits and the Bahamas late this week.
- Formation chance through 48 hours, low, 10 percent
- Formation chance through 5 days, low, 20 percent