MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The National Hurricane Center says the disturbance that would form into Tropical Cyclone #9 is meandering over the southeastern Bahamas.

At 11 p.m., the system is about 240 miles southeast of Great Abacos and moving northwest at 2 mph.

This motion is forecast to continue during the next 2 days.

On this track, the system is expected to move slowly northwestward on Friday, and continue that motion through the weekend. On the forecast track, the system is anticipated to move across the central and northwestern Bahamas on Friday, and along or over the east coast of Florida on Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds will be near 30 mph with higher gusts.

The disturbance is forecast to become a tropical depression or a tropical storm during the next day or so.

WATCHES AND WARNINGS:

The government of the Bahamas has issued a tropical storm warning for the following islands in the northwestern Bahamas the Abacos, Berry Islands, Bimini, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama Island, and New Providence.

Summary of watches and warnings in effect:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for northwestern Bahamas excluding Andros Island.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for. Jupiter Inlet to Volusia-Brevard County line.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

Interests along the east coast of Florida should monitor the progress of this system.

Tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area in the northwest Bahamas by late Friday.  Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area on the Florida peninsula by Saturday.

The potential tropical cyclone is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations in the Bahamas of 3 to 5 inches through Sunday.

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