Tampa Bay's Tropical Weather Outlook

Miami, Fla. (970- WFLA)- 1. A large cyclonic gyre, (look it up),  defined by a broad area of low pressure typical of this time of the year, covers a portion of Central America and the western Caribbean Sea.  

 This system is accompanied by an extensive area of disorganized clouds and thunderstorms, and although surface pressures are relatively low in the area, upper-level winds are currently highly unfavorable for tropical cyclone formation.  

 Environmental conditions could become less hostile this weekend and early next week, allowing for some slow development in this region as the system drifts northwestward. 

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.

* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent.

 At 5:00 Hurricane Leslie was located near latitude 31.4 North, longitude 57.1 West, about 455 miles east of Bermuda.  Leslie is moving toward the north near 8 mph ,  an increase in forward speed is expected through tonight.    

 Maximum sustained winds are near 80 mph with higher gusts.  Gradual weakening is forecast during the next several days.  Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 976 mb (28.82 inches).

 Large swells generated by Leslie will continue to affect portions of the southeastern coast of the United States, Bermuda, and the Bahamas during the next few days.

Graphic credit: NHC Miami


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