October 10, 2011

Low Near Florida Producing Heavy Rain, Wind

An area of low pressure near the space coast of Florida has become better organized, producing heavy rain and gale force winds along the east coast of the state.

Despite the hard-hitting impacts of this system, it remains "un-named" and therefore not a tropical entity.

Although the winds have reached tropical storm force, and there is some spin in the atmosphere, a closed surface circulation has not developed, a determining characteristic for tropical storm formation.

There remains a low chance that this disturbance could attain tropical or sub-tropical characteristics early this week as it drifts near the Southeast coast before moving northward through the southern Appalachians.

Nevertheless, tropical storm conditions will continue to be felt along the Southeast coast from northern Florida to South Carolina Monday.

A tight pressure gradient between high pressure over the Northeast and the disturbance will lead to gusty winds.

Rainfall will also be heavy at times from the Florida Panhandle to South Carolina.

Rain will move northward into the eastern Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic by mid-week although winds should subside.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic, no imminent tropical development is expected.

By AccuWeather Meteorologist Dan DePodwin

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