Medium Chance of Tropical Depression or Storm Forming Near Florida: NHC

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Forecasters say an area in the Atlantic has a medium chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm near Florida later this week or weekend.

The National Hurricane Center said Wednesday the area has a 60 percent chance of formation over the next five days, with the possibility of a tropical depression forming near the northwestern Bahamas or South Florida as early as Friday.

The large area of showers and thunderstorms was located along a sharp surface trough from near eastern Cuba through the southeastern Bahamas into the southwestern Atlantic.

Conditions were forecast to become more favorable for development late this week, and the system could further develop over the eastern Gulf of Mexico, forecasters said.

The disturbance will likely produce locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds across the Bahamas through Friday and across Florida during the weekend, the NHC said.

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