First storm of hurricane season likely to form today

Tropical storm Arthur likely to avoid direct hit to Florida.


National News

May 15, 2020 - 2:51 PM

Map showing location of possible tropical storm off Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The first storm of hurricane season is likely to form today, bringing tropical-force gusts to South Florida, the National Hurricane Center said in a Friday morning advisory.

The subtropical or tropical storm, which would be named Arthur, is expected to form around the Bahamas from a large patch of stormy weather moving through the Florida Straits.

Although Florida is likely to avoid a direct hit, the broad cluster of storm clouds is expected to give the region a day or two of rough weather. Strong gusts, scattered power outages, flooding, powerful rip currents and high waves are expected Friday, the National Weather Service said.

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