NHC: Tropical depression 3 forms near Bahamas

By: Brittany Bedi | WCTV Pinpoint Weather Team
July 22, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a cluster of showers near the Bahamas for possible tropical development.

As of the 4:30 p.m. Monday, the NHC is beginning to issue advisories for tropical depression three. The center of TD3 is located near 25.6N and 78.6W, marking it between the Bahamas and the Florida Peninsula. It is moving to the northwest around 12 mph. Maximum winds in TD3 are around 28 mph. with gusts up to 40 mph.

However, strong upper-level winds will limit tropical development. When it comes to tropical development, strong upper level winds and wind shear tear at the top of clouds and storms, making it difficult for clouds and storms to become more organized with a stacked presentation. This cluster of showers will increase rain chances in South Florida while most of the disturbance remains offshore. Some high wind gusts are possible in Southeast Florida as well.

Forecast models agree on a north to northeast turn by Wednesday as a cold front pushes through North Florida and South Georgia. The tropical disturbance is not expected to impact local North Florida or South Georgia. Instead, the increased rain chances across the local area will be due to the passing cold front.

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