Eye on the Tropics

Tropical system may form near Bahamas next week and bring gusty winds, rough surf to Florida coast

ORLANDO, Fla. — Update: A new tropical system may form by early next week near the Bahamas, and gusty winds and rough surf are just the beginning of the impacts.

Strong high pressure is building north of Florida next week, producing the stronger winds to the area as the new tropical system forms in the Bahamas.

Read our previous story below:

A possible tropical system is forming in the Bahamas and could move toward or even over Florida early next week, chief meteorologist Tom Terry said Friday.


Things will still be coming into focus throughout the weekend, but a complex low-pressure system will bring rough surf, beach erosion, gusty winds and periods of heavy rain by next week, Terry said.

“We’ll go from rip currents to heavy downpours and windy weather next week at the beaches,” he said. “This new storm center will impact us in various ways -- likely through most of next week -- starting with overall higher surf (and) winds at the coast this weekend.”

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Terry said rough surf and waves will increase as the system organizes by the middle of next week.

Watch Terry’s updated forecast live on Channel 9 Eyewitness News.

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Jason Kelly

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Jason Kelly joined WFTV in 2014.