TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- There are still two areas in the Atlantic Basin that are being watched closely. The first is an area of low pressure in the Caribbean Sea, while the other is Tropical Storm Leslie, still in the central Atlantic Ocean.
The disturbed weather in the central and west Caribbean Sea is producing a lot of cloud cover and thunderstorm activity. Right now, there are stronger upper level winds that are hindering further formation of this low pressure. The environmental conditions are expected to be more conducive as this area of interest moved over the Yucatan Peninsula and into the southern Gulf of Mexico. At this time, there is a 40% chance of development in the next five days.
Tropical Storm Leslie is about 450 miles east of Bermuda, and is still moving toward the north at 12 mph. Winds are sustained at 70 mph, with little change in strength expected in the next few days.
By Saturday night, Leslie is expected to turn toward the east and move over slightly cooler waters. This indicates that this storm will gradually weaken as it moves further from Bermuda. Tropical Storm Leslie is still not a threat to land.