Odds for development of low in Caribbean increasing

Odds for development of low in Caribbean increasing

The storm is forecast to move north, then northeast, across Cuba, pass south of Florida, and head out to sea in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Potential Tropical Cyclone 18 has developed in the Caribbean and is expected to soon become Philippe, according to the National Hurricane Center.

U.S. officials estimate an 80% chance of a tropical storm forming in the next 48 hours.

In its Friday morning tropical advisory, the hurricane center said, "Shower and thunderstorm activity has increased and become more concentrated in association with a trough of low pressure over the northwestern Caribbean Sea".

The main impact from this system in southern Florida at this time appears to be heavy rainfall Saturday into early Sunday.

Its close proximity to land could limit development of the system for the next 24 hours.

Central Florida could receive some heavy amounts of rain, mainly courtesy of the tropical disturbance, but the main bulk of the heavier showers and storms will be focused south of Orange County. It's questionable how far north the heavier rain from Invest 93 will move before the front pushes all the tropical moisture out into the Atlantic.

Winds may gust as high as 30 miles per hour in some of the heavier rain squalls over inland areas Saturday. The maximum sustained winds are 40mph. Seas are likely to rise to between 3 and 5 feet, with minor coastal flooding possible in the typical flood prone areas.

Rain and showers associated with a northern cold front are just the beginning of wet weather rolling over the Cayman Islands this weekend.

Small craft should consider remaining in port on Saturday and Saturday night as there will be the potential for risky squalls and sudden rough seas.

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