Florida Rainstorm Update: Same Storm System That Affects South Florida to Extend Across US East Coast, New England

The Florida rainstorm that has been responsible for bringing torrential rain and flooding in South Florida recently is making its way to the northeastern part of the United States. According to current US weather forecast, this same storm system affecting South Florida will extend across the US East Coast and the New England region by this coming weekend. This comes as US weather authorities earlier this week spotted a weather disturbance near the Sunshine State.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) office in Miami, Florida, on Wednesday, November 15, initially issued a weather alert about an expected development of a non-tropical, low-pressure area off the Southeast US coast or near South Florida. Based on the initial NHC forecast, this tropical system along a surface trough will intensify by Thursday, November 16. An update from this system shows it can cause not only heavy rain and flooding but also strong gusty winds.

NHC Forecast

Florida Rainstorm

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In its updated forecast, the NHC office in Miami at 7:00 a.m. EST (local time) on Wednesday stated that the Florida rainstorm described by US meteorologists is currently between South Florida and Northwest Bahamas is linked with a frontal boundary. This weather disturbance has only 10% chance of hurricane formation in the next 48 hours, meaning the NHC is not expecting it to intensify into a tropical cyclone.

As the week progresses toward the weekend, the rainstorm is still expected to bring gusty winds and torrential rain across parts of East Florida and the Bahamas as it moves northeastward over the Atlantic Ocean. From here, other meteorologists are anticipating that the system could also affect the upper parts of the US East Coast.

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Florida Rainstorm

The Florida rainstorm is on track northward where it will drench areas along the East Coast and the Mid-Atlantic regions before causing inclement weather for New England on Saturday, November 18, according to AccuWeather meteorologists. The weather forecasting company’s storm warning meteorologist, Joseph Bauer, stated the storm will continue to strengthen as it gains more latitude.

Still, the weather forecasters do not expect that the Florida rainstorm will intensity into a deadly, powerful hurricane. However, it is still possible that this tropical storm system can still lead to disruption of outdoor activities and localized travel, including in New York and its surrounding areas. Flooding is also possible in low-lying areas and coastal areas.

Atlantic Hurricane Season

In early November, AccuWeather declared the end of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially runs from June 1 to November 30. This means that its weather experts believe that the US will no longer see any direct impacts from a tropical system until the remainder of the year.

Earlier this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued an updated report about the likelihood of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season, which implies of greater activity due to record-breaking warm sea temperatures.

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