Tropical Update: Invest 99 L/Invest 91 L

The National Hurricane Center is watching several areas of low pressure in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

The storm system we are keeping an eye on is an area of showers and thunderstorms near Cuba.  Since the storm system is unorganized, weather models are having a hard time predicting the storm’s strength/path. The most recent information from the National Hurricane Center suggests a medium chance of development in the next few days.

The system could gain strength if it tracks to the Gulf of Mexico this week. Heavy rains are likely to continue in Cuba today. Gusty winds and locally heavy rain is expected in the Bahamas, and will spread into parts of southern Florida and the Florida Keys later today.

The storm is impacting our beaches with a high rip current risk today. Also, expect higher than normal tides due to easterly winds and the new moon on September 1st.

If the storm continues to strengthen and move towards the Coastal Empire/Lowcountry we could see heavy rain, gusty winds, and the threat of severe weather.

The storm is now called 99L.  If 99L becomes a tropical system, it will be named Hermine.  Stay up to date with STORM TEAM 3.

There is another area the National Hurricane Center is watching and calling Invest 91L. Showers and thunderstorms are associated with an area of low pressure about 250 miles west of Bermuda. The Hurricane Hunters are scheduled to check out this storm later today. There is a medium chance of tropical development in the next few days.

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