ORLANDO, Fla. – An area of low pressure over Georgia on Tuesday is expected to become a tropical system when it enters the Gulf of Mexico in the coming days.
The National Hurricane Center said the system has a 50% chance of tropical development within the next two days and an 80% chance over the next five days.
"The system, over southwestern Georgia, is producing rain showers," News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges siad. "The disturbance is expected to move south or southwest during the next day or so."
Once the disturbance is over warm waters, a tropical depression that could strengthen into a tropical storm, is likely to form.
"The good news is that it's moving quickly and most of the computer models do take it over to Texas or Louisiana by the end of the weekend," Bridges said. "By the end of this week, we will see it spread out a bit and we'll see some of those outer bands here in Central Florida, even if it doesn't develop."
The Florida Panhandle could see heavy rain from the system.
"There could be several inches of rain, 3 to 5 inches, for the Florida Panhandle that could lead to flooding into the weekend," Bridges said.
With added moisture from the system, the Orlando area will see rain chances near 70% through Friday.
UPDATE: This system will move away from Florida. pic.twitter.com/qMwLG3kk9t— Troy Bridges (@TroyNews6) July 9, 2019
The next named storm will be called Barry.
Hurricane season runs through November.
"It is all about the sea breeze action for the next couple of days in Central Florida, with rain chances at 70% through Friday," Bridges said.
High temperatures are going to be in the low 90s, close to the average for the next several days.
Rain chances are lower, at 40%, by Sunday, with a high of 94.
The main threat this afternoon will be flooding rain. pic.twitter.com/UNLxeSE1Rf— Troy Bridges (@TroyNews6) July 8, 2019
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