Weather alert: Hurricane forecasters watching 3 systems in Atlantic, Caribbean

September 3, 2013 

The tropics at 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday. NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

The National Hurricane Center is keeping watch on three potential trouble spots in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.

Closest to Florida is a tropical wave over the Bay of Campeche is moving westward at about 10 mph. There is some potential for development when the wave moves into the Bay of Campeche with a day or so, the Hurricane Center said at 2 p.m. EDT.

The system has a "low," or 20 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, and 20 percent chance during the next five days, according to the Hurricane Center.

Similar odds are being laid for an area of low pressure that is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms from the eastern Caribbean Sea, across the Lesser Antilles and into the tropical Atlantic Ocean.

Development of the system has been slow, but it could pick up as moves west-northwestward at about 10 mph near Puerto Rico and Hispaniola over the next several days.

The system as a 30 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm or hurricane during the next 48 hours, and 50 percent during the next five days, according to the Hurricane Center.

"Regardless of tropical cyclone formation, locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected to affect portions of the lesser Antilles over the next day or two," the Hurricane Center said.

The third system is a tropical wave near the west coast of Africa that has no chance of becoming a cyclone during the next 48 hours, and 10 percent during the next five days, according to the Hurricane Center.

Meanwhile, for Bradenton on Tuesday, the National Weather Service, is calling for partly sunny skies and a high near 89. There is a 40 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon.

Tuesday night, the chance of rain drops to 20 percent. Skies will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 75.

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