Disturbance in Caribbean could reach tropical depression status, NHC says

Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued for Cuba and the Bahamas as this system will move to the northeast through the weekend.

Even if the storm fails to officially develop, the combination of the tropical low, deep tropical moisture and that front will combine forces to produce some locally heavy rainfall for parts of South Florida this weekend.

"While the window for development is short, this area of downpours may still organize into a tropical depression or storm into Saturday", Kottlowski said.

A broad area of low pressure over the western Caribbean is being watched closely by the National Hurricane Center.

The system is expected to impact our weather in Central Florida on Saturday - but so is a cold front that will drop temperatures into the 40s on Sunday night.

That was enough for the National Hurricane Center to begin issuing advisories for the system, which would be named Philippe if and when tighter circulation forms. A hurricane hunter plane has found 56 miles per hour winds and continues to investigate the system early Friday evening.

That's not good news for this year's Moonfest in downtown West Palm Beach, which is scheduled for Saturday.

Up to five inches of rain is possible in southern Florida, with isolated totals up to eight inches.

These cyclones typically move northeastward from the Caribbean or western Atlantic ahead of sweeping cold fronts from North America.

Download the Palm Beach Post WeatherPlus app here. The Cayman Islands National Weather Service advised that flooding may occur in low-lying areas.

South Florida Water Management District officials said Thursday they were lowering canals to in preparation for heavy rain.

Rain accumulation from 8 a.m. Friday through 8 a.m. Sunday.


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