TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Invest 99L could become a tropical storm or depression in the next few days. There’s an 80 percent chance of development within the next five days, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The area of low pressure near the northern Leeward Islands is carrying tropical storm force winds, according to data collected from a hurricane hunter aircraft on Wednesday. The mission has yet to determine whether Invest 99 has become a tropical cyclone.
“Right now, the system will track toward the Bahamas and enter an area where it could strengthen,” said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Leigh Spann.
Long term, the location is more in question. One reliable computer model takes it into the Gulf of Mexico while another forecast model tracks it up the east coast. We’ll get more information once the system develops further.
Tropical Storm Gaston is changing little in strength as it moves in the Atlantic.
The storm’s maximum sustained winds Wednesday are near 70 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says weakening is expected Thursday or Friday.
Gaston is centered about 1,100 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands and is moving northwest at 16 mph.
The storm is not currently a threat to land.
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