Heavy Rains Expected Across South And Central Florida Tonight And Saturday

Miami, Fl. (Florida News Network)-At 800 PM EDT, the center of Tropical Depression Nineteen was located near latitude 25.5 North, longitude 79.5 West, about 50 miles east-southeast of Miami. The depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 8 mph. On the forecast track, the depression is forecast to move inland over south Florida early on Saturday, move over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico late Saturday, and then move northwestward over the north-central Gulf of Mexico on Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. The depression could become a tropical storm before moving across south Florida overnight. Otherwise it is expected to become a tropical storm on Sunday and gradually intensify through Monday.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for South of Jupiter Inlet to north of Ocean Reef.A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within the next 6 to 12 hours. Interests along the northern Gulf Coast should also monitor the progress of this system. Tropical storm or hurricane watches could be issued for a portion of that area tonight or on Saturday.

The estimate Tropical Depression Nineteen is expected to produce total rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 5 inches across central and southern Florida, including the Florida Keys. This rainfall could produce isolated flash flooding and prolong ongoing minor flooding on rivers in the Tampa Bay area.

The estimated minimum central pressure based on surface observations is 1008 mb (29.77 inches)..

Data and graphic credit:National Hurricane Center