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The National Hurricane Center in Miami on Friday afternoon released a new update on an area of low pressure in the Caribbean. Forecasters are now giving it a high chance of development into a named tropical system in the coming days.

Although early forecast models are showing possible tracks ranging from Louisiana to Florida, it is agreed by meteorologists that the system will definitely be in the Gulf of Mexico.

The record breaking 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season continues until November 1st.

Tropical Weather Outlook

NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL

200 PM EDT Fri Oct 23 2020

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Epsilon, located over the west-central Atlantic a couple of hundred miles northeast of Bermuda.

1. Satellite images and radar data indicate that the broad area of low pressure located just west of Grand Cayman Island is gradually becoming better defined. Environmental conditions appear conducive for further development, and a tropical depression will likely form during the next day or two while the low drifts toward the northwest. The system could move near western Cuba by Sunday and move slowly across the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by early next week. Interests in western Cuba, the Florida Keys, and southern Florida should monitor the progress of this disturbance. Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall will be possible over portions of the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Cuba, southern Florida, the Florida Keys, and the northwestern Bahamas through the weekend.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...70 percent.

* Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent.

Forecaster Blake/Papin

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