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Friday morning Tropics check (09/29/2017)

Posted at 7:49 AM, Sep 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 07:49:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- We are still watching a few areas of tropical interest, one of which is currently situated over the Florida Straits. The other two areas are located in the Western Atlantic off the coast of New York.

The disturbance over the Florida Straits is producing rainfall over South Florida, the Bahamas and Cuba. There is a 40% chance that this will gain tropical characteristic over the next 5 days. The storm is expected to begin lifting North today, skirting along the east coast of Florida. Saturday afternoon into evening, the storm will be far enough north where we could begin to see enhanced rain. More widespread rainfall, especially in eastern counties, will occur Saturday afternoon.

Hurricane Lee and Tropical Storm Maria are the two systems in the Atlantic. Lee is still at category 1 strength, but will likely become post-tropical by tomorrow. Both storms are on a northeast path and will avoid the continental U.S.

--Meteorologist Valerie Mills