East Coast low pressure system could become tropical depression this weekend

James Marshall
August 24, 2019

The weak area of low pressure is causing heavy rain in the Bahamas and will increase rain chances in southern Florida. Environmental conditions appear conducive for development once the system moves northeast back over the Atlantic waters on Saturday. A storm is becoming increasingly well-organized off the South Florida coast. Most computer models try to bring the system into Florida then out into the Atlantic.

"If the current trend continues, a tropical depression is likely to form by Saturday night", the NHC said in its outlook. "But this is not a slam dunk".

Next week we will see a front sag into north Florida and stall. Satellite imagery suggests that the circulation associated with an area of low pressure located about 1100 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands has become better defined, but the thunderstorm activity is limited at this time.

In fact, there's a 70 percent chance it will form in the next five days, according to meteorologists. Additional slow development of this system is possible during the next few days as it moves generally westward at about 15 miles per hour.

The next name on the storm list is Erin.

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