A broad area of low pressure has moved into southern Florida and is now located just west of Lake Okeechobee, the National Hurricane Center said at 2 p.m. EDT. Friday
"Shower activity associated with the broad area of low pressure centered over southern Florida just west of Lake Okeechobee remains poorly organized." the Hurricane Center said. "By tonight or early Saturday, the low is expected to be over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico where upper-level winds are forecast to become even less favorable for tropical cyclone formation. Nevertheless, this weather system will continue to be closely monitored, and an Air Force Plane will check the low on Saturday, if necessary.
There is a 20 percent the system will turn into a tropical storm during the next 48 hours, and a 30 percent chance during the next five days.
Regardless of formation, the low will continue to drop heavy rains on parks of southern Florida and the Florida Keys on Friday and Saturday, officials said.
Meanwhile, the newly former Tropical Storm Edouard continues to churn in the mid-Atlantic Ocean, posing no apparent threat to land.
As of 11 a.m., Edouard was located about 1,315 miles east of the Leeward Islands, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. It was moving west-northwest at 16 mph, according to the Hurricane Center.
The Hurricane Center also reported that a tropical wave south of the Cape Verde Islands off the African coast is showing some signs of organization. There is a 20 percent chance of formation during the next five days, officials said.