The system is expected to produce heavy rainfall over the Bahamas and Florida during the next few days, but conditions are marginal for development over the weekend while the system turns and accelerates northeastward off the southeastern US coast.
That's according to the National Hurricane Center as of Thursday morning.
Original story posted Wednesday afternoon is below.
It's August and that means we're into the heart of American hurricane season. The first is moving through South Florida Friday and Saturday giving us a wet weekend.
The National Weather Service said 2-4 inches of rain will be possible for parts of South Florida, and forecasters will be on the lookout for rotating storms that could produce tornadoes or waterspouts. Areas that receive this much rain are vulnerable to flash flooding. Don't worry about further development of this wave as it passes near our coast.
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Rough surf and stronger rip currents will hit the largest island of the chain, making life very hard for beachgoers and boating. The storm is the third hurricane of the 2019 East Pacific hurricane season, following Alvin and Barbara.
There could be a new tropical depression in the Atlantic by this weekend.
The next storm to develop during the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season will be named Chantal. A depression will likely form by early next week and the thinking hasn't changed from the earlier update.
That system has a 70 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next five days, and the hurricane center said that could happen by this weekend.
Computer models are in general agreement that Invest 96L will track west-northwesterly across the tropical Atlantic towards the eastern Caribbean. Vacationers and residents of those areas are urged to monitor future forecasts regularly in the coming days. Longer-range computer models are forecasting a pattern that favors a trough of low pressure over the eastern United States and a weaker western flank of the Bermuda-Azores high.
"The current rain forecast is 50% west of I-95 and 40% for coastal areas and the nearshore Atlantic waters".