Possible tropical development could dump rain on Florida

National Hurricane Center watching area in the Gulf of Mexico

National Hurricane Center meteorologists continue to track an area of cloudiness, showers and thunderstorms in the Gulf of Mexico, but still give it a relatively low chance of forming into a tropical system.

This system will bring much needed rain to areas of Florida that have been suffering from a drought.

A system has to have a closed center of circulation and winds of at least 39 miles per hour to become a named storm.

Tropical systems are rare outside the hurricane season which runs from June first through November 31. On Monday morning, the Florida High School Athletic Association announced it was pushing back the state softball championships to a scheduled Saturday start. Regardless of subtropical or tropical cyclone formation, this system will enhance rainfall across portions of Florida and the northeastern Gulf Coast during the next few days.

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Cars moving on a highway during heavy rain. However, forecasters said 2 to 3 inches of rain are possible.

Residents and business owners complained that parts of South Beach and Sunset Harbour flooded. The risk of rip currents is also high along the coast.

Models forecast we could get rainfall totals ranging from two to four inches through the end of the week, with some isolated areas possibly picking up more than four inches. The NHC is expected to issue a new special forecast for that system on Monday. In fact, the National Weather Service is investigating weather storm damage early Monday morning near West Palm Beach, FL was caused by a tornado.

"Irma produced quite a bit of rain, but then we ended up very dry", Pasch said.

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