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A ‘rare’ weather disturbance in the South might bring a tropical depression to Florida

Florida could face tropical depression

The National Hurricane Center’s five-day forecast says a disturbance in the southeastern United States has a “medium” chance to become a tropical depression affecting Florida’s Gulf of Mexico shores.
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The National Hurricane Center’s five-day forecast says a disturbance in the southeastern United States has a “medium” chance to become a tropical depression affecting Florida’s Gulf of Mexico shores.

The next bit of serious storm season activity for Florida might not be coming across the Atlantic, but more like down past Atlanta.

The National Hurricane Center’s 8 p.m. Sunday Tropical Weather Outlook says a disturbance now around southern Tennessee could mosey on south through Georgia and could become a tropical depression once it leaves land.

“A trough of low pressure over the southeastern United States is forecast to move southward toward the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, where a broad low pressure area will likely form in a few days,” the forecast says. “A tropical depression could form by the end of the week while the low meanders near the northern Gulf Coast.”

The National Hurricane Center puts the formation chance for Monday and Tuesday at near nil, but over the next five days at 60 percent.

“It’s very rare, and kind of hard to explain,” Lauren Nash, a meteorologist with NWS-Tallahassee, told tallahassee.com.

Regardless of whether the system becomes a tropical depression, it could produce heavy rainfall along portions of the central and eastern U.S. Gulf Coast later this week, the forecast says.

Biggest hazards sometimes come after the storm.

Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.
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