Forecast confidence remains incredibly low with this system and that won't change until the models start to come in to some sort of agreement, regardless this will be a forecast to pay attention too especially over the weekend.
The storm's maximum sustained winds Wednesday are near 70 miles per hour (110 kph). As the tropical disturbance tracks near or over Puerto Rico and eventually toward the Bahamas, it will likely become a tropical depression and eventually Tropical Storm Hermine over the next few days.
We are closely watching a tropical wave east of the Leeward Islands with a 80 percent chance of development through the next five days. If the system moves around the ridge, it would make a "C" shape track and could hit the Carolina coast.
If, by some chance, this system became a hurricane and hit Florida, it'd be the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Wilma in October 2005.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Gaston continues to move over the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Forecasts say the storm will strengthen and probably turn into a hurricane Wednesday night before it loses steam Thursday.
"Some computer models don't have this system developing much at all, while others bring it to South Florida by Sunday into Monday as a hurricane", Bridges said.
"What we're seeing now is tropical waves going through the cycle, trying to grow and become something", Senterfitt said. They have determined wind speeds at the surface of around 45 knots (~52 mph) near the low-level center around 11 a.m. ET.
Invest 99-L has formed in the Atlantic.This disturbance may pose a threat to the Southeast United States and Gulf Coast over the weekend. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or so, and Gaston is expected to become a hurricane later today. There is now only one storm that could pose a threat to the continental U.S, but MANY uncertainties exist in the potential evolution of Invest 99L. "This is just another very good reminder people should have hurricane preparedness plans ready".