Weather system near Florida could develop, bring rain this weekend

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The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is watching an area of low pressure that could develop and head toward Florida within the next few days.

NHC says that an area of disturbed weather is located over the central and northwestern Bahamas. It is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms.

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Forecasters say that the system could strengthen over the next several days as it moves toward the Florida peninsula and then the southeastern United States.

"A tropical wave of clouds and storms will move over Florida this weekend, bringing an end to our extra sunshine," says FOX 35 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Richards. "We will have a better chance of rain and storms on Friday and Saturday, but it appears that the main energy of this system will not come directly over us and will stay offshore."

Chances that this system will form into an organized tropical cyclone over the next five days is very low, at 20 percent.



Tropical Storm Chantal formed late Tuesday night. Chantal is the third named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. The storm is projected to spin around the north Atlantic Ocean as the weekend approaches and is not expected to be a threat to the U.S.

If the new system develops, it would be the fourth named storm of the season, named "Dorian."