MIDWAY, Fl. (WTXL) -- There are THREE areas of interest in the Atlantic for today's Tropics check: Tropical Storm Maria, Hurricane Lee, and a new disturbance in the western Caribbean.
Starting with Maria, the tropical storm is moving away from the U.S.
As of the 5:00am ET advisory, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and it was moving ENE at 8 mph.
As the storm moves away, it will accelerate and weaken over cooler waters in the Northern Atlantic. There are NO coastal watches or warnings in effect.
Hurricane Lee is a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, per the 5:00am ET advisory.
As of the latest advisory, the storm was moving north at 9 mph. It too, is expected to accelerate to the northeast and weaken over cooler waters.
In addition to the two names tropical systems, an area of low pressure over Cuba is hinting at possible tropical development through this weekend. It has a 40% chance of developing into a tropical depression within the next 5 days as it drives north near the east coast of Florida. It may increase or decrease rain chances for the Big Bend next week, depending on how close it gets to our local area.
You can catch the forecast on ABC 27 News starting at 5:00 each weekday morning, as well as ABC 27 News at Noon. Chief Meteorologist Casanova Nurse has your forecast at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, and 11:00 this evening.
Plus, you can get the First Alert forecast every 10 minutes on Channel 27.3 Weather NOW.
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