Tropical disturbance heading to Florida likely to become Tropical Storm Humberto over the weekend

click to enlarge The predicted "cone of uncertainty" for the path of Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine, as of 7:30 a.m. Friday - Image via NHS
Image via NHS
The predicted "cone of uncertainty" for the path of Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine, as of 7:30 a.m. Friday
The National Weather Service is tracking an upgraded tropical disturbance in the Atlantic that will likely create a rainy weekend ahead in Central Florida.

Thursday's tropical disturbance, now called "Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine," is currently 140 miles southeast of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas, moving northwestward toward the northeastern Bahamas at 6 mph. A tropical storm watch is in currently effect for the Jupiter Inlet to the Flagler-Volusia county line, which means tropical storm conditions are possible there within 48 hours.

NWS expects the system to pick up speed as it moves through the weekend. It's anticipated to move across the central and northwestern Bahamas Friday, and along or over the east coast of Florida over Saturday and Saturday night.

A tropical storm warning is currently in effect for the northwestern Bahamas, excluding Andros Island, as tropical storm conditions are expected there within 36 hours. Fortunately, the system is not expected to product significant storm surges in the northwestern Bahamas, where Hurricane Dorian destroyed thousands of structures and killed at least 50 people.

The system will be named Humberto if it reaches tropical storm strength, as the NHS predicts it will likely do by Saturday. An Air Force reconnaissance plane is en route to the storm to investigate.

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