Tropical Storm Patty drifts in Atlantic

System could become remnant low over weekend

ORLANDO, Fla. - Tropical Storm Patty continues to drift near the Bahamas in the Atlantic, and the weather system will bring high seas and rough surf to Central Florida.

The storm's maximum sustained winds early Friday were near 40 mph, but the U.S. National Hurricane Center says Patty could become a remnant low by Saturday.

The storm is centered about 230 miles east-northeast of the central Bahamas and is moving south-southwest near 3 mph.

"If you're boating or going to the beach this weekend, Patty will bring 6-feet waves and strong rip currents, so be careful," Local 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said.

Computer models show the system steering south of Florida in the coming days.

Meanwhile, a tropical wave located near the Lesser Antilles has good chance of strengthening.  If it becomes a tropical storm, it would be named Rafael.  Models show it turning north and staying out to sea.

The Orlando area will see high temperatures near 85 degrees on Friday, with overnight lows in the upper 60s. 

It will be a touch warmer over the weekend, with highs of 86 on Saturday and 89 on Sunday.  Overnight lows will hover near 70 degrees.  There's a 20 percent chance of rain on Sunday.

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