Tropics heat up as hurricane center eyes 2nd system

Disturbed weather near Florida to bring weekend rain to region

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager, Troy Bridges - Meteorologist

The National Hurricane Center gives this area of low pressure a 50% chance of developing in the next five days.

ORLANDO, Fla. - The tropics are heating up.

As all eyes are on a low-pressure system nearing Florida, the National Hurricane Center is also keeping tabs on a second system in the open Atlantic.

The National Hurricane Center said Friday that the system, about 1,300 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands, has a 50% chance of developing tropical characteristics over the next five days.

It's expected to track to the west around 15 mph, but it's too soon to tell which direction it will eventually head.

The area of disturbed weather closer to Florida has a 70% chance of developing tropical characteristics over the next two days and a 90% chance over the next five days.

The next named storm will be called Dorian.

News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said Central Floridians should be prepared for weekend rain.

Locally, there will be concerns with flooding, Bridges said. The St. Johns River near Geneva remains at action stage, meaning no-wake zones are in effect and county parks east of Lake Monroe and Lake Harney are closed.

Many areas could receive 2-3 inches of rain, leading to localized flooding and ponding on roads.

Orlando will see a high in the low 90s Friday, with a 40% coverage of rain. 

Rain chances stand at 50% Saturday and 60% Sunday, with highs near 90 degrees.

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