Just days after the area suffered devastating damage from Hurricane Dorian, a tropical storm warning was issued for the northwestern Bahamas for a system that was expected to become a tropical depression or storm.
The National Hurricane Center issued the warning Thursday evening for the system, Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine, which had maximum sustained winds of 30 mph as it moved to the northwest about 235 miles southeast of Great Abaco Island.
The disturbance was forecast to become a tropical depression or tropical storm as early as Friday as it moved over the northwestern Bahamas, the NHC said.
For the areas of Miami-Dade and Broward, a wet weekend is in the forecast with rain chances around 60 percent through Sunday and both a small craft advisory and high rip current risks along the beaches through Saturday night.
Boaters are asked to stay on guard with winders between 15 and 20 knots and wavnes between four and eight feet. A portion of Broward County was in the NHC forecast cone, though no watches or warnings were issued for Florida as of Thursday.
The system was expected to produce total rainfall of 2 to 4 inches through Sunday over the Bahamas and along the east coast of Florida north of West Palm Beach.