Tropical disturbance likely to develop and cross southeast Florida
Abundant tropical moisture over the Southwest Atlantic could develop into a severe storm during the work week and have significant impacts along the coasts of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.
The combination of the coastal flow and high pressure in the dome to the north of the system will mean that easterly to northeasterly winds will drive significant amounts of water towards coastal communities, which will mean; lead to floodingespecially during periods of high tides.
Besides the high seas, FOX Prediction Center warns that the storm will be accompanied by heavy rain, rough surf, gale-force winds and beach erosion, with impacts already beginning Election day and lasts most of the week.
“We’re going to start moving over the Bahamas. Then on Wednesday, some of the rain will begin to move into places like Orlando and Miami. So it will certainly be something to watch,” said the FOX Weather Meteorologist Kiana Lewis.
Forecast models show a prolonged wind event with gusts of at least 40 mph for beaches from Florida to North Carolina.
When winds reach 40 mph, limb damage to smaller trees begins to occur and traffic over high-profile bridges becomes more difficult. Minor power outages are also possible, especially in areas with a lot of trees.
In addition to high winds, forecasters will be watching to see which communities will see the heaviest rainfall. Some rivers in the Sunshine State are still at high levels Land of Storm Ian in September and are unable to receive much more rainfall.
Heavy rainfall and rising ocean levels could mean additional flooding of low-lying areas, especially during high tides.
Forecast models show up to half a foot of rain possible over the next five days along and east of Interstate 95 from north of Miami to Charleston, South Carolina.
The National Hurricane Center monitors the disturbed weather area for tropical developments, but regardless of classification, a significant coastal storm will affect the U.S. coast.
“Whether it develops into a tropical storm or not, we’re going to see some very stormy days along the southeast coast. It’s certainly not going to be a beach week or a fishing week,” Lewis said.
If the system does earn a name, it will be the fourteenth of the season and will be called “Nicole”.
Tropical strike in November Not unusual for the Sunshine State. Hurricane Kate made landfall on November 21, 1985, and holds the record for being the season’s last landfall in the Low 48.
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