Tropical trouble just off the Florida coast

System designated as Invest 98L is showing signs of weak circulation

By John Gaughan - Chief meteorologist

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A low-pressure system just off the coast of South Florida now designated 98L is becoming much better organized and on the verge of becoming a tropical depression.

Friday afternoon, the system is just east of Miami/Ft. Lauderdale.

What happens next? The most likely situation is that the National Hurricane Center will send out a Potential Tropical Cyclone alert late Friday or very early Saturday morning.

The good news is that the bulk of the bad weather is classically on the eastern-half (over the Atlantic Ocean). The bad weather consists of heavy bands of rain and winds gusting to 30 mph.

Meanwhile, on the western-half, along the Florida peninsula, there are swirling bands of brief, yet intense showers and thundershowers. These bands of rain are blowing onshore (coming onshore with northeast winds) are very brief downpours but are associated with gusty winds to 30 mph.

Central and South Florida are being directly impacted by these breezy downpours. They will see 1-3 inches of rain, the rains are not concentrated areas of rain, but rather repeated bands of rains. 

Splash and sun, then splash and sun

For Jacksonville, we are likely to see a similar pattern, but not as wet. This includes for the Bold City Showcase, the three high school football games (back to back to back) at Bolles on Saturday.

These brief showers and gusty northeast winds will help cut the heat we have had the past few days.

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