SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — What was once Hurricane Agatha in the eastern Pacific ocean is now redeveloping in the southern Gulf of Mexico. In the next day or so, it is expected to become better organized and become Tropical Storm Alex.
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for southern parts of the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys.
For now, the National Hurricane Center is calling our storm system Potential Tropical Cyclone One. A potential tropical cyclone is a term used by the National Hurricane Center to issue watches and warnings for a storm system that is expected to develop as it approaches land.
The phrasing of potential tropical cyclones started in 2017 as a way to better alert people to the arrival of tropical weather before systems were organized enough to issue an alert.
As of 5 p.m. Friday, Potential Tropical Cyclone One is located 350 miles SW of Fort Myers, FL with sustained wind of 40 mph. Wind gusts are as high as 50 mph.
In the coming days, P.T.C. One will be moving toward the Southwest Florida coast. Landfall is expected Saturday evening with 40 mph sustained wind. Once One is in the Atlantic, it is expected to become a little stronger over the Gulf Stream.
The system is expected to stay well out to sea and directly impact the Coastal Empire or Lowcountry. Rough surf and rip currents may become an issue as it moves parallel to our coast.