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. Nearly 1 in 4 Tampa Bay homeowners considered equity rich

    Real Estate

    If your home is worth at least 50 percent more than you owe, you're rich — equity rich that is.

    About one in four Tampa Bay homeowners are considered "equity rich." [Associated Press file photo]
  2. Trump strategist Steve Bannon: No military solution in North Korea

    National

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon says there's no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, despite the president's recent pledge to answer further aggression with "fire and fury."

    Steve Bannon, chief White House strategist to President Donald Trump, has drawn fire from some of Trump's closest advisers. [Associated Press]
  3. Rays have their chances, but end up with another loss (w/video)

    The Heater

    TORONTO — The litany of games the Rays have given away this season is long enough, arguably too lengthy. So the only way to get to the postseason is make up for some of those losses by grabbing some wins when the opportunity is presented, especially at this time of year when the margin is diminished and the stakes …

    Associated Press
  4. Dunedin man accused of possessing child pornography

    Crime

    DUNEDIN — A 57-year-old man was arrested Wednesday, accused of intentionally downloading child pornography, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

    Richard Beal Anger, 57, of Dunedin faces 11 counts of possession of child pornography. [Courtesy of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  5. Pence cuts short Latin America trip and pressures Chile to sever all ties to North Korea

    Politics

    SANTIAGO, Chile — Vice President Mike Pence is cutting short his Latin America trip by one day to return to Washington for a strategy meeting Friday at Camp David with President Donald Trump and the national security team.

    Vice President Mike Pence urged Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to take a tougher stand against North Korea on Wednesday in Santiago, Chile.