New Tropical Depression Forms Off the Coast of Florida

This image shows showers and thunderstorms associated with the budding tropical system east of Florida on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. (NOAA / Satellite)

Tropical Depression Three formed just east of Florida during Monday evening with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and AccuWeather meteorologists believe this feature may become a tropical storm at any time into Wednesday.

The next name on the list of tropical storms in the Atlantic basin for 2019 is Chantal.

A tropical storm has maximum sustained winds of 39 mph to 73 mph.

The center of the storm is forecast to remain east of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Dry air immediately west of the budding tropical system will limit the amount of thunderstorms over the Florida Peninsula for a time.

However, as the storm pulls away, moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will trigger showers and thunderstorms over the peninsula Tuesday night into Wednesday.

The tropical depression is expected to be picked up by a rare midsummer cool front that dips into the Southeast states.

“During Tuesday night through Thursday, showers and thunderstorms directly associated with the tropical feature will become intertwined with showers and thunderstorms related to the front,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Adam Douty.

The tropical moisture associated with the depression may enhance downpours along the immediate North Carolina coast on Wednesday.

Since the feature could strengthen over the next few days, gusty squalls may pose hazards for boating, cruise and shipping interests along the Atlantic coast. Most of the strong winds will be well off the coast, but waves will propagate outward.

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Source: AccuWeather