Alert #15 on potential Tropical Cyclone One, issued by The Bahamas Department Of Meteorology, Saturday, 4th June, 2022, at 3PM EDT.
Center of the disturbance approaching the Florida East coast. Flooding rains continue across portions of South Florida and The Northwest Bahamas.
The Bahamas Department of Meteorology doppler weather radars continue to depict heavy rains and thunderstorms occurring over Bimini, Grand Bahama, Abaco, and The Berry Islands.
A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for the islands of the Northwest Bahamas. This includes the islands of Grand Bahama, Abaco, Bimini, North Andros, The Berry Islands, New Providence and North Eleuthera. A Tropical Storm Warning means that Tropical Storm conditions could be experienced within 36 hours.
At 2PM EDT, the center of potential Tropical Cyclone one was located near latitude 27.3° degrees North and longitude 80.5° degrees West, or about 15 miles South Southwest of Fort Pierce Florida 130 miles Northwest of Alice Town, Bimini, 125 miles West of Freeport, Grand Bahama, 205 miles North Northwest of Treasure Cay, Abaco, and 250 miles Northwest of New Providence.
Potential Tropical Cyclone one is moving toward the Northeast near 18 MPH and this general motion is expected to continue through tonight. A turn toward the East-Northeast with an additional increase in forward speed is expected on Sunday, followed by a turn toward the East Monday night. On the forecast track, the disturbance is expected to move off the East coast of Florida this afternoon, North of Grand Bahama and Abaco tonight, and near or to the North of Bermuda on Monday.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 40 MPH with higher gusts. The disturbance is expected to become a Tropical Storm off the East Coast of Florida by tonight, and some strengthening is forecast tonight through Monday as the system moves farther away from Florida over the Western Atlantic.
Tropical Storm force winds extend outward up to 210 miles to the East of the center.
The potential tropical cyclone will continue to produce heavy rain over the Northwest Bahamas of 4 to 8 inches, with maximum totals of 12 inches. This rain will produce significant localized flooding.
Residents in the Northwest Bahamas, particularly Bimini, Grand Bahama, Abaco, North Andros, and The Berry Islands, should have completed preparations for Tropical Storm conditions with tornadic activity that will continue through to tonight.
The next alert on potential tropical cyclone one will be issued at 6:00 PM EDT.