A storm making its way west over the Bahamas is expected to encounter winds that will keep it from strengthening, the National Hurricane Center reported early Thursday.
A Hurricane Center plane scheduled to investigate the system has been canceled, the center said. The storm caught forecasters’ attention as it trudged over the northern end of the island chain, close to the surface, at between 5 and 10 mph Wednesday. With sea temperatures high, forecasters feared the slow-moving storm could gain strength.
But Thursday, forecasters said the system remains messy and upper winds are not favorable for the storm to grow. The storm is expected to turn southwestward, bringing heavy rain over the next two days to South Florida and the Keys.