Florida May See Hurricane Watch As Soon As Tomorrow

The Palm Beach Post reports:

Areas of the Bahamas and east coast of Florida could be issued hurricane or tropical storm watches or warnings as early as Monday with an unusual late-season system taking aim at the Sunshine State.

Gov. Ron DeSantis directed the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Sunday to monitor the Atlantic weather disturbance and to warn Florida residents on the east coast of its potential impact on the state, according to the governor’s office.

FDEM Director Kevin Guthrie said his office is keeping close contact with the National Hurricane Center, the National Weather Service and all 67 county emergency management directors throughout the state for what federal weather forecasters call “98L.”

The Associated Press reports:

Beginning on Tuesday, Florida’s Atlantic coast will experience widespread minor to moderate coastal flooding, beach erosion, gusty squalls, and the potential for heavy rain.  98L could hit Florida as a strong tropical or subtropical storm, and a category 1 hurricane cannot be ruled out.

98L originated as an upper-level low pressure system that cut off from the jet stream to the north and drifted southwards into the Bahamas.

Satellite images on Sunday showed the broad low had a large amount of heavy thunderstorms that were growing more organized, and the system was beginning to resemble a subtropical storm.