Friday Tropics Check: Florida & East Coast Threat & Invest 99L In Atlantic

The tropics are showing signs of life as we get near the end of August and closer to the peak of hurricane season.

The National Hurricane Center is giving a high chance that an area of low pressure off the east coast of Florida is likely to form into a tropical depression by Saturday night:

Regardless of development, locally heavy rains are possible over the northwestern Bahamas and the southern and central Florida peninsula through the weekend. Interests in the northwestern Bahamas, the Florida peninsula, and the southeast coast of the United States should monitor the progress of this system.

Further out in the topical Atlantic, an area of low pressure has formed with a tropical wave around 1,300 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands, moving west-northwestward at 15 miles per hour. The NHC says it could strengthen into a tropical depression late this weekend or early next week.

For now, both systems are not a threat for Louisiana.

Finally, Tropical Depression Chantal remains adrift at sea, no threat to land, and expected to weaken soon into a renmant low before falling apart by late Sunday or Monday.

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