The big story in the Gulf Coast region, is of course, Harvey. Once a major Category 4 hurricane, Harvey, now a tropical storm, but continues to be a serious threat to life and property in Texas. However, on the other side of the Gulf of Mexico, a tropical disturbance is bringing heavy rainfall to Florida. There’s a moderate chance, that it could become a named tropical system, after it crosses Florida into the Atlantic Ocean. In the meantime, it continues to bring potentially flooding rains to south Florida.
On Friday, Naples saw record rainfall for the day. Over three inches of rain fell in a very short period of time. Many streets were flooded.
At last check, heavy bands of rain were poised to make their way across southern Florida.
Through Sunday, an additional three to five inches of rain could fall on areas, already saturated from previous rounds of showers. We could see the most rain just to the north of Fort Myers.
Flash Flood Watches are in effect through Sunday for south Florida. After that, the system should start moving up the east coast, away from Florida.
The system could eventually slide up the eastern seaboard, and bring strong winds and heavy rain to portions of the northeast by mid-week. This could be the start, of either a tropical storm, or, a late summer Nor’easter.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Matt Monroe