Florida, Southeast swamped by storm may get tropical development

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Heavy rain in the Sunshine State

Heavy rain will hit Florida this week, increasing the risk of coastal flooding and dangerous rip currents.

The front will stall over the state and provide storm opportunities for Florida and the rest of the Southeast during the work week. North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and much of Florida could see several inches of rain by the end of the week.

HURRICANE HQ: Forecasters are closely monitoring the area off the southeast coast

Speaking of this depression, it may be trying to take on some tropical characteristics because it is located above the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. The National Hurricane Center has designated the area on the southeast coast for possible tropical development within the next week, giving it a 30% chance.

“A non-tropical low pressure area is possible to form near the southeastern coast of the United States late this week,” the National Hurricane Center said. “This system could gain some subtropical characteristics this weekend if it stays offshore while slowly moving toward the north or northwest.”

Tropical or not, the low, combined with the high to the north, will bring increased rain and strong onshore winds for several days along Florida’s Atlantic coast and into the coastal Carolinas, the Fox Forecast Center said.

Hurricane Nigel is expected to continue to rapidly intensify over the mid-Atlantic and is expected to become a major hurricane on Tuesday.

Nigel is expected to stay away from North America and continue moving north before taking a northeasterly path.

In the east, a new tropical wave is expected to appear off the west coast of Africa by the middle of next week, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is expected to evolve gradually once it moves out of Africa and begins its journey westward across the eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean.

It has a great opportunity to develop over the next seven days.

Severe weather returns to the plains

Severe weather chances return to the High Plains on Tuesday with scattered severe thundershowers possible throughout the day Tuesday.

Areas from northern Texas through Oklahoma could see very large hail and strong wind gusts.

Storm coverage and intensity will gradually increase as storms move toward the I-35 corridor. The flight of millions of people from Wichita, Kansas, to Wichita Falls, Texas, could be disrupted on Tuesday evening. The Fox Forecast Center said large hail and damaging winds will be the main threats, but a tornado or two cannot be ruled out.

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