Better chance of development in the Atlantic, models keep system away from the Gulf
Dave Cohen Reporting
The National Hurricane Center says the area of disturbed weather in the Atlantic Ocean is finding more favorable conditions to develop.
"Environmental conditions are expected to be more conducive for development when the disturbance moves near or over the southeastern Bahamas on Saturday," Forecaster Daniel Brown said in an advisory. "A tropical depression is likely to form over the weekend or by early next week."
Nearly all of the most reliable models currently show the system missing most land and curving north into the open Atlantic after getting near some of the islands.
"Regardless of tropical cyclone formation, gusty winds and heavy rainfall are expected across portions of the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands today, and over Hispaniola and the southeastern Bahamas tonight and Saturday," Brown explained.