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Two new tropical disturbances getting attention

Four systems are swirling in the tropics. (NOAA)

There is a new tropical disturbance in the Caribbean, one of four now being monitored by the National Hurricane Center. One of them could bring more rain to Puerto Rico, which does not need it right now after getting slammed by Hurricane Maria. The second is expected to bring rain to Florida.

Disturbance No. 1 is just southwest of Florida. We've been tracking this one for a few days. It has a 40 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours. The storm is forecast to develop into a weak low near the west coast of Florida during the weekend. Rain should be expected over western Cuba, the Florida Keys and south Florida during the next several days.

This low will move north today and bring us on and off showers today. Tomorrow it stalls to our northeast and could still bring us rain with cloudy skies, but not a washout, just periods of showers.

Kind of the same thing for Sunday except it could start moving west back onshore. That would be more rain returning later Sunday and into Monday and Tuesday. Be prepared for rain.

The second disturbance is in the northeast Caribbean sea. The National Hurricane Center says it's producing cloudiness and showers in the area. Meteorologists say there are no immediate signs of organization, but conditions could become more favorable next week as the system moves west-northwest. The system is expected to bring heavy rain over the northern Leeward Islands, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The chance of formation through five days is about 20 percent.

Tropical Storm Maria, with its 60 mph winds, is moving east, away from the United States. Hurricane Lee, a category 1 storm, with 75 mph winds, is moving northeast at 25 mph.


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