Deep Tropical Moisture = Street Flooding For Miami.
An elongated tropical disturbance (now known as Invest 94L) that has been over the northwestern Caribbean Sea the last few days, and that has brought flooding rains to Miami-Dade County, has finally begun to track northeastward into the Bahamas. Rainfall recored already for the month of May in Miami is 12.30 inches (avg. 3.40), and kicking off a fast start to the summer wet season.
Metro Southeast Florida has experienced some very impressive rainfall totals over the last 72 hrs, and the system that is to blame for all the heavy precipitation is now possibly slowly organizing into a tropical low east of the peninsula. The National Hurricane Center Wednesday afternoon upgraded the outlook to 40% of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours or so for the weather system over the long holiday weekend.
Gusty winds in the low range of tropical storm force have been blowing across metro Broward and Miami-Dade Counties today, as the tropical system just offshore tightens up the pressure gradient. For a short time today, the National Weather Service issued a High Wind Warning, but has canceled it in the last hour as winds have begun to subside along the coast.
Could We See Tropical Storm Beryl This Weekend?
Everyone will be closely monitoring the tropical disturbance going into Memorial Day weekend for any signs of becoming a sub-tropical or fully tropical storm offshore the southeast United States. There is some computer forecast support for development, and the current trends today to the east of the state possible show an organizing system. Keep tabs on the weather this weekend if you'll be along coastal area's of the southeast as there could be yet another tropical storm before the actually beginning to hurricane season on June 1st.