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Hurricane center monitors area of low pressure

Published Nov. 20, 2016

Florida got a reminder Sunday that the 2016 hurricane season, which slammed the state with Hermine and Matthew, is not quite over.

The National Hurrican Center is monitoring an area of low pressure in the extreme southwestern Caribbean Sea, just north of Panama.

Reports from an Air Force Reserve Unit reconnaissance aircraft found a well-defined low-level, but satellite images indicate that the system currently lacks sufficient organized thunderstorm activity to be designated as a tropical cyclone, the hurricane center said Sunday evening. An increase in thunderstorm activity could result in the formation of a tropical depression at any time within the next day or two while the system moves very slowly, the hurricane center said.

If a named storm did form, it would be called Otto.

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