Hurricane center eyes system near Florida with 60% chance of development

Katie Ramirez
September 11, 2020

A disturbance forecast to move across Florida on Friday is expected to bring heavy rain to portions of South Florida and the Keys this weekend before potentially strengthening into a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"A motion toward the northwest or west-northwest with some increase in forward speed is expected through early Monday". Forecasters say the disturbance could form into a tropical storm by next week.

Paulette's maximum sustained winds were near 65 mph with higher gusts and its tropical-storm force winds were extending up to 205 miles from the center.

"Upper-level winds are expected to become conducive for development, and a tropical depression could form while this system moves slowly west-northwestward over the eastern Gulf of Mexico this weekend and early next week".

They could cause deadly rip currents, the hurricane center said.

As of 4 a.m. CDT Friday, Tropical Storm Rene was located about 985 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands and was moving west-northwest at 10 mph.

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Rene is no longer expected to become a hurricane, but it could get stronger over the next few days before weakening again on Sunday, forecasters said. It has a low (30 per cent) chance of formation during the next five days. From there, the latest forecast has it headed towards the north-central Gulf Coast.

While the development chances have crept up over the last couple of days the impacts that the Gulf Coast are facing haven't really changed from what has been discussed all week.

Finally, a large area of disturbed weather, which is associated with a tropical wave, is beginning to move off the west coast of Africa. It has a high (90 per cent) chance of formation during the next five days.

Invest 96L has a 60% chance of tropical cyclone formation within the next five days and a 40% chance within the next 48 hours.

The hurricane center said Tropical Storm Paulette will become a hurricane this weekend and move uncomfortably close to or over Bermuda.

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