There's now a 60 percent chance a new tropical system will develop off the coast of Florida

If the system does develop it will be called “Chantal."

click to enlarge There's now a 60 percent chance a new tropical system will develop off the coast of Florida
Photo via NOAA

As of Monday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center is now saying there’s a 60% chance a new tropical system will develop just off Florida’s east coast.

In their 2 p.m. update, forecasters with the NHC said that a system located off Andros Island in the Bahamas will move northwestward towards Florida at about 15 mph, and could develop into a tropical depression by late today or tonight. 

“While environmental conditions are only marginally conducive for development, only a slight increase in the organization of this system could result in the formation of a tropical depression later today or tonight,” said the NHC. 

If the system does develop it would be the third named storm of the 2019 season, and would be called “Chantal."

click to enlarge There's now a 60 percent chance a new tropical system will develop off the coast of Florida
Photo via NOAA


At the moment, the system is expected to remain offshore and curve up the coast, producing heavy rains on the east side of Florida’s peninsula and Georgia either tonight or Tuesday. 

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Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Euclid Media Group.
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