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HURRICANE CENTER: Tropical Depression Likely, Florida Should Watch

National Hurricane Center Forecast October 24 2020

Forecasters Say 80 Percent Development Chance Over 48 Hours

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The National Hurricane Center is closely monitoring a tropical system that has an 80 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression within 48 hours and a 90 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression with in 5 days. The next name: Zeta. The system is marked by the “red x” that you see in the official hurricane center map, above.

The first, early Saturday morning forecast calls says “interests in western Cuba, the Florida Keys, and southern Florida should monitor the progress of this disturbance.”

Here’s the 8AM update from the national Hurricane Center (we’ve updated from our original report. The 2A forecast remains, below):


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
800 AM EDT Sat Oct 24 2020

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane 
Epsilon, located over the west-central Atlantic Ocean.

Satellite, radar and surface data indicate that a broad area of low 
pressure located just southwest of Grand Cayman Island is gradually 
becoming better organized, with a better defined wind circulation, 
increasing thunderstorm activity and falling surface pressures since 
yesterday. Environmental conditions are conducive for further 
development, and a tropical depression is expected to form within 
the next day or so while the low drifts toward the north and 
northwest.  The system could move near western Cuba on Monday and 
move slowly across the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by Tuesday.  
Interests in western Cuba, the Florida Keys, and the Yucatan 
Peninsula should monitor the progress of this disturbance.  A NOAA 
Hurricane Hunter reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate 
the disturbance this afternoon. Regardless of development, locally 
heavy rainfall will be possible over portions of the Cayman Islands, 
Jamaica and Cuba through early next week.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...90 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent.

Here is the the 2AM update from the National Hurricane Center:


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sat Oct 24 2020

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane 
Epsilon, located over the west-central Atlantic a couple of hundred 
miles northeast of Bermuda.

1. Satellite and surface observations indicate that a broad area of low 
pressure has redeveloped just south of Grand Cayman Island.  Shower 
and thunderstorm activity continues to increase in organization,  
and environmental conditions are expected to remain conducive for 
further development. A tropical depression will likely form during 
the next day or two while the low drifts toward the northwest or 
north.  The system could move near western Cuba by Sunday and move 
slowly across the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by early next week.  
Interests in western Cuba, the Florida Keys, and southern Florida 
should monitor the progress of this disturbance.  Regardless of 
development, locally heavy rainfall will be possible over portions 
of the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Cuba, southern Florida, the Florida 
Keys, and the northwestern Bahamas through the weekend and into 
early next week.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...80 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent.

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