The National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued gale warnings for the Caribbean, southwest Atlantic, and the Atlantic High Seas on Saturday, May 16, as a tropical system develops off the east coast of Florida. According to the NHC, further development is expected, with an 80 percent chance of the system forming a named storm by the evening of Sunday, May 17 (local time). Regardless of further development, the storm is expected to bring heavy rainfall to parts of the Florida Keys, southeastern Florida, and the Bahamas on Saturday. The NHC warned of dangerous surf conditions and rip currents along the southeastern US coast into early next week. The storm, to be named Arthur should it develop further, is reportedly unlikely to become a full hurricane.
Associated flooding, infrastructure damage, power outages, and transportation disruptions are possible in the region over the coming days. Up-to-date information can be found on the NHC website here.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions and power outages, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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