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Tropical wave 99L remains disorganized while Hurricane Gaston expected to weaken

29 August 2016

The National Hurricane Center on Saturday morning again lowered the chances of a tropical storm forming near the Florida coast over the next few days.

The storm is located about 1,065 miles east-northeast of the Leeward Islands.

Gaston's maximum sustained winds as of Thursday are close to 75 miles per hour. It gives it a 60 percent chance to develop in the next five days. Upper-level winds are preventing significant development of the kind needed for the storm to become a hurricane.

Hurricane Lester is turning toward the west while it strengthens tonight, with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour.

A cluster of clouds and thunderstorms, known as Invest 99L, continued to swirl about 400 miles southeast of Miami on Friday afternoon. High surf will affect parts of Bermuda.

A tropical weather system moving over the Bahamas early Friday has the potential to bring heavy rain and gusting wind to south Florida, the National Hurricane Center said.

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We continue to track a tropical wave north of Hispaniola moving west northwest.

The National Hurricane Center said a broad area of low pressure associated with a tropical wave is moving westward at 15 to 20 miles per hour through the southeastern Bahamas.

Forecasters are warning residents in Florida and along the eastern Gulf Coast to keep an eye on the system's possible development. "Locally heavy rainfall is expected".

Meanwhile, the central Atlantic saw hurricane Gaston quickly develop late on Wednesday before it was downgraded to a tropical storm. Lester was upgraded to a tropical storm over the past 24 hours, with maximum wind speeds at 50 mph (45 kts).

"Today we only get to a high of 91 with a 40 percent chance of rain", said News 6 meteorologist Madeline Evans. "This forecast will continue to change each day, so stay aware of the changes".

We are entering the most active period in the Atlantic hurricane season, which typically runs from June 1st to November 30th.

Tropical wave 99L remains disorganized while Hurricane Gaston expected to weaken