Hurricane

A tropical disturbance is moving toward Florida, and forecasters are watching

Tropical Storm Chantal becomes third named storm of 2019 Atlantic hurricane season

NOAA Satellites shared a loop on Twitter of Tropical Storm Chantal whirling in the Atlantic Ocean. The image was captured by GOES EAST on August 21, 2019.
Up Next
NOAA Satellites shared a loop on Twitter of Tropical Storm Chantal whirling in the Atlantic Ocean. The image was captured by GOES EAST on August 21, 2019.

The National Hurricane Center is watching an area of disturbed weather that is hovering in the Atlantic over the central and northwestern Bahamas.

Update: That tropical disturbance near the Bahamas is going to mess with your weekend

As of Wednesday morning, the system was primarily a batch of disorganized showers and thunderstorms — kind of like a South Florida afternoon.

According to the center, this disturbance could develop slowly over the next several days as it moves toward the Florida peninsula and then the southeastern United States.

By Friday, development chance is still close to 0%. But the weather system’s chances of formation bump to 20% over the next five days.

The National Weather Service explains the four types of thunderstorms: single cell; multi-cell cluster; squall line; and supercell. Thunderstorms can produce dangerous lightning, damaging hail and winds, tornadoes and flash flooding.

Tropical Storm Chantal

Chantal 821.jpg
National Hurricane Center’s 7:45 a.m. Aug. 21, 2019 advisory on Tropical Storm Chantal, which is near Nova Scotia. National Hurricane Center

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Chantal is doing some kind of loopy, crazy dance in the Atlantic several hundred miles east-southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

South Florida forecast

As for South Florida’s weather, Wednesday will bring the usual heat — its index is around 105 degrees, the National Weather Service in Miami says — and a 20% chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.

But storm chances go back up Friday and Saturday to 50%, meaning the local weather service still has an advisory weather outlook posted suggesting some of these thunderstorm bangers could be heavy with serious lightning.

Storm history buffs may appreciate this bit of trivia: WPLG’s Bryan Norcross tweeted that today — Aug. 21 — is the 27th anniversary of Tropical Storm Andrew “finally organizing” 925 miles away from its eventual landfall just over two days later in South Miami-Dade.

Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.
Support my work with a digital subscription
SUBSCRIBE TODAY
  Comments