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Caribbean System Near Florida Has 60% Chance Of Developing; Hurricane Epsilon Swells To Batter U.S. East Coast

National Hurricane Center
The forecast track for Hurricane Epsilon as of 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.

A low-pressure system in the Caribbean looming closer to Florida has a 60% chance of developing into the next tropical depression or tropical storm in the next five days.

According to an 8 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, there is a broad area of low pressure near Grand Cayman Island. The hurricane center says the storm is producing showers and thunderstorms mainly east and south of the center. A tropical depression is expected to form over the next couple of days as the storm moves to the northwest. The system has a 40% chance of forming in the next 48 hours.

Meteorologists anticipate the storm to move over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico as soon as early next week. Heavy rainfall is likely to cover portions of South Florida and the Keys through the weekend, as well as in the Cayman Islands, Cuba and the northwestern Bahamas.

Read more at our news partner the South Florida Sun Sentinel.