As of Wednesday, the NHC said that environmental conditions appear conducive for its gradual development. The storm is expected to move generally northeastward over the western Atlantic through early next week.
If it does form it would be Subtropical Storm or Tropical Storm Arthur, the fifth year in a row the "A" storm has formed prior to June 1, the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season.
"A disturbance now sat over the Florida Straits could become the first tropical storm of the 2020 season to develop this weekend".
Tropical-storm-force wind gusts are also possible across that area during the next day or two. As of now, it is a cluster of thunderstorms that have the potential to develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm over the next 48 hours.
Kottlowski also warned that four to six named tropical systems could make direct impacts on the US mainland, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
A depression or storm may form near the Bahamas as soon as Friday, according to the latest from the National Hurricane Center on Thursday. The National Hurricane Center has increased the probabilities for development in 5 days to HIGH. If so, it would be the first named storm of the 2020 hurricane season.
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We will continue to update this article as this storm develops.
The South Carolina State Climate Office said current models show it passing 150 to 200 miles off the coast as it treks toward Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks.
It is these sea surface temperatures and the possibility of La Niña forming that have most seasonal forecasters calling for an active, possibly even extremely active, Atlantic Hurricane season.
Four of those storms-Hurricanes Dennis, Katrina, Rita and Wilma - were among the most destructive storms on record and caused billions in damages along the Gulf Coast and Atlantic seaboard.
If the storm does develop it would be sixth consecutive year a storm has been officially named in May.