Florida coast remains under watch; hurricane center monitors area of interest
The National Hurricane Center upped the odds of an area of interest Thursday morning developing into a tropical depression or tropical storm off Florida’s east coast.
A broad trough of a low-pressure system over Alabama and Georgia is forecast to emerge from the southeastern United States Friday, the NHC said in its 8 a.m. update.
The system’s odds of developing into a tropical depression or storm over the next five days improved from 20% Wednesday to 30% Thursday morning. Additionally, the NHC modified its forecast at 8 a.m. with a 10% chance the low could develop in the next two days.
Environmental conditions are expected to be slightly favorable for some development over the weekend and into early next week while the system wanders offshore the coasts of Georgia and eastern Florida.
What’s working against the low is a massive dust plume blown off the African plateau, which is keeping the Atlantic dry and difficult for tropical storm formation, according to Spectrum News 13 meteorologist Maureen McCann.
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