Tropical Depression 18 forms

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center on Tuesday morning were watching a low pressure system in the Caribbean. The weather disturbance has a 50 percent chance of developing into at least a tropical depression within five days. (Image

The disturbance will start to move to the northeast, producing heavy rainfall in the Cayman Islands and Cuba Friday and Saturday.

Tropical Depression 18 formed over the northwestern Caribbean Sea late Monday.

A tropical storm watch has been issued for the central Bahamas.

The U.S National Hurricane Center advised Friday morning that the system had a 60 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm by Sunday, when a second cold front will make conditions less favorable.

As a result, a moisture surge associated with the storm will get pulled toward South Florida by this weekend.

Regardless of development, heavy rain and gusty winds are likely to spread across areas near and south of a line extending from Fort Myers to Melbourne Saturday and Saturday night.

"Potential for 3 to 4 inches of rain is increasing, with localized heavier amounts and flooding possible", forecasters wrote this morning.

By Sunday, the area of enhanced moisture associated with Potential Tropical Cyclone Eighteen will be in the western Atlantic Ocean, just off the southeast US coastline.

For more on this story, click the link below. Nearshore winds up to hurricane force are possible from New Jersey to Maine Sunday and Monday, with heavy rain and mountain snow spreading well inland from the Mid-Atlantic States to New England.

Invest 93L is a broad area of low pressure now producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms in Nicaragua and Honduras.

An approaching cold front front is expected to move into the Nature Coast north of Tampa Saturday evening and move south of Fort Myers overnight.

The motion is toward Cuba and Bahamas.

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