A system off the east coast of Florida could develop into a tropical depression early next week, and a short-lived tropical depression or Tropical Storm Nicole could form as early as Sunday several hundred miles east of the Bermuda.
As of Sunday morning, the system near Bermuda had a 70% chance of developing over the next two days, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Meanwhile, the system off Florida could evolve into a tropical storm or even a low-intensity hurricane that threatens Florida’s east coast, but it’s still too early to tell.
“In the worst case, and I’m speculating a bit here, it could be a tropical storm or maybe a low-end hurricane,” said Shawn Bhatti, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Miami. “I can’t rule out a low-end hurricane, but again, it’s still very early and we don’t have enough confidence to say for sure.”
Much of South Florida could see high winds and excessive rainfall next week as early as Tuesday, depending on how the system is developing, according to the National Weather Service Miami.
Barry Baxter, also a meteorologist for the National Weather Service Miami, encouraged South Floridians to stay vigilant throughout the weekend.
“We are technically still in hurricane season until the end of this month,” he said. “So don’t let your guard down just because it’s November. It’s rare that we get them at this time of year, but we could still get them.
On Tuesday, which is also Election Day, voters in South Florida will likely start to feel the effects as the system draws in humidity from the Caribbean Sea. Forecasters predict risks of wind, lightning, excessive precipitation and coastal flooding that day.
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“It’s going to be loose at this point, but will definitely bring some moisture,” Baxter said. “It’s going to be a rainy day.”
The National Weather Service Miami said in a briefing on Saturday that there remains “low confidence” in “any specific details about the magnitude and location of weather impacts that are highly dependent on the type of system approaching. our region next week”.
But regardless of the type of system, there is an increased risk of gusty winds, coastal flooding, high seas, choppy waves and beach erosion on Florida’s east coast from Monday and continuing throughout the week, according to the weather service.
“The risk of gusty winds and heavy rain may increase over much of the southern Florida peninsula next week depending on how this system develops,” the National Weather Service Miami said in its briefing. Saturday.
Former Category 1 Hurricane Lisa dissipated Saturday morning over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico.
There have been two major hurricanes, meaning Category 3 or higher, so far this season.
NOAA has predicted that at least four more hurricanes will form before the official end of hurricane season on Nov. 30.
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