A Special Tropical Weather Outlook has been issued to discuss the potential for subtropical development this weekend northeast of the Bahamas.

An area of cloudiness and thunderstorms located over the Straits of Florida is forecast to spread northeastward during the next day or two.

Environmental conditions are expected to become conducive for development, and this system is likely to become a tropical or subtropical depression or storm this weekend when it is located near or north of the northwestern Bahamas.

The system is forecast to move generally northeastward over the western Atlantic early next week. Regardless of development, the disturbance is expected to bring locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds to portions of southeastern Florida and the central and northwestern Bahamas over the next couple of days.

The next Special Tropical Weather Outlook on this system will be issued by 3 p.m. EDT today, or earlier, if necessary.

  • Formation chance through 48 hours…medium…40 percent.
  • Formation chance through 5 days…high…70 percent.

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