The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a disturbance in the Atlantic that “has a strong chance of forming early this week.”
An area of low pressure is developing about 100 kilometers north of Puerto Rico and is creating a large area of scattered showers and thunderstorms, the NHC said at 8 a.m. Sunday.
The system has a strong chance of becoming a subtropical or tropical depression to the west or west-southwest over the southwest Atlantic by early to midweek.
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Interests along the US southeast coast, East Florida and the Bahamas should closely monitor the progress of this system, the NHC said.
While it is too early to determine the timing, magnitude and location of specific impacts along the southeast coast of the United States, the NHC suggests that areas should closely monitor the progress of this system.
Regardless of the development, the risk of coastal flooding, high winds, heavy rain, rough surf and beach erosion is increasing early and mid-week this week.
From 8 am on Sunday:
- Chance of forming in 48 hours… high… 70 percent.
- Chance of forming in 5 days… high… 90 percent.
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It is still too early to determine at this time whether Florida will feel the impact of tropical waves crossing the Atlantic. Forecasters encourage all residents to be informed and prepared during this very active hurricane season.
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Grace Pateras is a digital producer for the USA TODAY Network. Follow him on Twitter @gracepateras.