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Tropical disturbance could bring extra rain to Florida, become tropical cyclone by weekend

Regardless of development, Tampa Bay is likely to get some extra wet weather this weekend.
Invest 95L (orange) could become the next named storm of 2019. [National Hurricane Center]
Invest 95L (orange) could become the next named storm of 2019. [National Hurricane Center]
Published Sep. 11, 2019

The next named storm of 2019, Tropical Storm Humberto, could be on its way and it could pop up near Florida.

The National Hurricane Center is tracking three systems, two of which have no more than a 20-percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone within five days. The third, however has a 60-percent chance of development over the next five days and is bringing added rain to an already storm-battered Bahamas Wednesday.

The disturbance, Invest 95L, had already made its way into the southern Bahamas Wednesday morning with rain bands extending hundreds of miles from the center. While only limited development of the slow-moving disturbance is expected over the next few days, ships traveling through the Bahamas have reported squalls gusting with tropical-storm force winds.

As Invest 95L makes its way into the straits of Florida and the eastern Gulf of Mexico, forecasters said conditions could become more favorable for development into a tropical cyclone. Regardless of development, however, forecasters said the system will bring plenty of tropical moisture to Tampa Bay by Friday, setting the bay area up for a wet weekend.

“The best area for development will be in the Gulf, but regardless, it’ll still bring moisture on its eastern side and that’ll increase our chances,” National Weather Service forecaster Dustin Norman said.

As the storm heads west into the Gulf, Tampa Bay would be on its eastern side, bringing the likeliest chance for heavier rains in the area. A potential track and intensity would have to be closely watched, Norman said. Right now it’s just too early to tell.

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