Storm off our southern coast could develop into tropical storm or depression
Forecasters from the National Hurricane Center originally thought a weak area of low pressure near the Florida Keys had only a 20 percent chance of becoming organized and turning into a tropical depression. But now the probability has been boosted to 40 percent during the next two days and 70 percent during the next five days.
If the system becomes a depression and its sustained winds reach 39 mph or higher, it could then be upgraded into a tropical storm, which would be named Dorian.
The hurricane center said the storm system could develop close to the southeastern U.S. coast, towards the Carolinas, before turning out to sea.