Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tropical depression forms over the Bahamas

A weather satellite image made Wednesday afternoon shows a tropical wave approaching the southeastern Bahamas.

Associated Press / Weather Underground

A weather satellite image made Wednesday afternoon shows a tropical wave approaching the southeastern Bahamas.

The third tropical depression of the 2010 hurricane season has formed in the southeast Bahamas, the National Hurricane Center says.

The system is expected to bring scattered thundershowers to the Tampa Bay area this weekend as it takes a west-northwestly course toward the Gulf of Mexico.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the Miami area and much of South Florida.

The storm system is being sheared by high-level westerly winds but still has sustained winds of 35 mph, just shy of tropical storm strength, 39 mph. It would be named Bonnie if it develops into a tropical storm.

Hurricane officials said in an 11 p.m. advisory that none of the computer models used to project tropical storms show the depression intensifying over the next several hours, though it now has a clear surface circulation.

The system was bringing rain and thunderstorms to the southeast Bahamas early Thursday, moving west-northwest at 10 to 15 knots. The wave became more organized as surface pressures dropped and showers increased overnight.

All the activity brings Tampa Bay's weekend rain chances to about 50 percent each day, said Juli Marquez, Bay News 9 meteorologist. It also might feel breezier.

"Today really looks to be the last day of the very hot, mainly dry conditions," she said.

Computer models show the wave moving toward Cuba and extreme South Florida on Friday before hitting the gulf this weekend. Southeast Florida could see rain and gusty winds as early as Thursday night, she said.

A NOAA Hurricane Hunter flight was scheduled to investigate the wave Thursday afternoon.

Coast Guard officials have warned that oil spill cleanup efforts could be stalled if the system developed into a tropical storm headed for Louisiana.

"Any operations out there will have to be suspended," said Thad Allen, the retired Coast Guard admiral overseeing the cleanup.

Follow This Just In on Twitter.

View Larger Map | Powered by hurricane-tracking software from Stormpulse.com

Tropical depression forms over the Bahamas 07/22/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 22, 2010 12:13pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 
Casimar Naiboa pleads for help to capture the killer of his son, Anthony Naiboa. Naiboa, 20, was shot and killed near 15th Street N. and E. Frierson Avenue after getting off the wrong bus in Seminole Heights. A peaceful march that began on east New Orleans Avenue was held during the candlelight vigil for the three victims who were killed in the recent shootings in the Seminole Heights neighborhood in Tampa on Sunday, October 22, 2017.
  2. PolitiFact Florida: Rubio has a point about the child tax credit

    State Roundup

    The Trump administration and Senate and House leaders have revealed a framework for tax legislation that proposes tax cuts for business, a reduction in tax brackets, and the elimination of several tax breaks.

    Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, and other members of the committee arrive on Capitol Hill in August. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
  3. 'Empire' star Grace Byers keynotes USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy luncheon

    Human Interest

    BY AMY SCHERZER

    TAMPA — The first University of South Florida graduate to address the USF's Women in Leadership & Philanthropy supporters, Grace Gealey Byers, class of 2006, centered her speech on her first name, turning it into a verb to share life lessons.

    Grace Byers, University of South Florida Class of 2006, stars on the Fox television show Empire. She delivered the keynote at the USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy luncheon Friday. Photo by Amy Scherzer
  4. Southeast Seminole Heights holds candlelight vigil for victims' families and each other

    News

    TAMPA — They came together in solidarity in Southeast Seminole Heights, to sustain three families in their grief and to confront fear, at a candlelight vigil held Sunday night in the central Tampa neighborhood.

    A peaceful march that began on east New Orleans Avenue was held during the candlelight vigil for the three victims who were killed in the recent shootings in the Seminole Heights neighborhood in Tampa on Sunday, October 22, 2017.
  5. It's not just Puerto Rico: FEMA bogs down in Florida, Texas too

    HOUSTON — Outside Rachel Roberts' house, a skeleton sits on a chair next to the driveway, a skeleton child on its lap, an empty cup in its hand and a sign at its feet that reads "Waiting on FEMA."

    Ernestino Leon sits among the debris removed from his family’s flood-damaged Bonita Springs home on Oct. 11. He has waited five weeks for FEMA to provide $10,000 to repair the home.