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Arthur, first storm of hurricane season, likely to form off coast of Florida

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 16, 2020
A storm system that could develop into a tropical storm is forecast to form off the coast of Florida on Saturday.
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"Gradual development of this system is still expected, and it will likely become a tropical or subtropical storm on Saturday when it is located near the northwestern Bahamas," the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

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If this system in the Atlantic does get named, it will be Arthur. However, it may classify more as a sub-tropical storm.

Regardless of if it gets a name or not, the storm will continue to bring periods of heavy rainfall to parts of the Florida Keys, southeastern Florida, and in the Bahamas, through Saturday.

While the system has been mostly unorganized, it is expected to move into an area that is a much more favorable environment. This will allow the storm to become more organized and strengthen.

A US Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the system on Saturday to determine how organized the storm is becoming and the strength, the NHC said.

If and when the storm forms, most forecast models keep the storm just off the southeastern coast before curving it back out farther into the Atlantic. However, "dangerous surf conditions and rip currents are possible along portions of the southeast US coast this weekend and early next week," the NHC said.