5 things you need to know about tropical depression off Florida

Orlando rain chances hit 60-80% later in week

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager

Tropical Depression Three forms in Bahamas.

ORLANDO, Fla. - All eyes are on the tropics as a weather system moves through the Bahamas.

Here are five things to know about the disturbance, which, as of Monday afternoon, had developed into a tropical depression.

Rainmaker

The system, called Tropical Depression Three, is expected to bring rain to Florida, with rain chances ramping up to 60% to 80% in the Orlando area by Thursday as the system moves west-northwest.

Odds increasing

From Sunday night to Monday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center said the chance of tropical development over the next 48 hours increased from 10 percent to 60 percent. 

The National Hurricane Center officially released an advisory for Tropical Depression Three around 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Upper-level winds

Forecasters say despite warm waters, strong upper-level winds could keep the system from developing into a named storm. It's best, however, to keep monitoring the system.

Main threat

For now, the main threat for Central Florida will be lightning, gusty winds and ponding of water on roadways from possible torrential downpours.

Next named storm

The next named storm will be called Chantal.

Remember, hurricane season peaks around Sept. 10 and runs through November. 

Be alert and prepared with these resources.

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