NHC says 60 percent chance of cyclone over northwestern Caribbean Sea

The government of the Bahamas has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the northwestern Bahamas, including the Abacos, Andros Island, Berry Islands, Bimini, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama Island, and New Providence.

It has a 30 percent chance of strengthening into a tropical system in the next 48 hours.

After that, environmental conditions are "expected to be conducive for the system to become more organized" on Friday and Saturday as it moves north over the Caribbean Sea.

Invest 93L is a broad area of low pressure now producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms in Nicaragua and Honduras.

South Florida including the Florida Keys: 3 to 5 inches, isolated maximum of 8 inches possible.

Conditions will rapidly improve across Florida on Sunday, thanks to a fast-moving cold front that will usher in drier, more stable air. "As this weekend's cold front passes over the Gulf Coast, we don't expect any tropical issues locally".

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By early Saturday morning, it could be Tropical Storm Philippe.

Residents in the Cayman Islands and in central and western Cuba should monitor the development of the disturbance.

This moisture will then get pulled into a storm system advancing through the eastern states, providing additional fuel for heavy rain in parts of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions Sunday into Monday.

Epsilon was one of only five December hurricanes since the National Weather Service began recording them in 1885. Mariners and swimmers are encouraged to use caution or avoid the water altogether this weekend.

Friday afternoon, a Hurricane Hunter plane probing the weather system discovered winds near 40 miles per hour but no defined center.

  • Adam Floyd