Tropical system Arthur forms off the coast of Florida and is the first named storm of the hurricane season with four inches of rain expected to hit parts of Sunshine State

A trough of low pressure moving through the Florida Straits could organize over the northwestern Bahamas later Friday or Saturday and become the first named storm of the 2020 hurricane season, the US National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
Tropical storm force wind gusts are possible in the Florida Keys, southeast Florida and the Bahamas on Friday and Saturday, forecasters said. 
Gale warnings have also been issued for the region.
Fort Lauderdale, which saw wind gusts of 30mph on Thursday and Friday, may be hit with four inches of rain. 

Heavy rains and strong winds pummeled Monroe County, Florida, on Friday as locals brace for a possible tropical storm
Heavy rains and strong winds pummeled Monroe County, Florida, on Friday as locals brace for a possible tropical storm
A kiteboarder rides the wind and waves near the jetty as the top of the Mar-A-Lago club rises in the distance in Palm Beach on Thursday
A kiteboarder rides the wind and waves near the jetty as the top of the Mar-A-Lago club rises in the distance in Palm Beach on Thursday
Hurricane season starts June 1, but forecasters at the hurricane center said the system, which was already bringing heavy rain and wind across South Florida on Friday morning, has a 70 per cent chance of developing into a subtropical or tropical storm. 
If it develops, the storm would be named Arthur.
Subtropical storms are not as defined as tropical storms, with its strongest winds located some distance from it's loosely formed center. 
They are also not a strong as tropical storms. It's not uncommon to have a named storm before the official start of hurricane season.
Later in the weekend and early next week the system is forecast to move generally northeastward over the western Atlantic. The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a low pressure system set to move up along the coast of Florida
The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a low pressure system set to move up along the coast of Florida
The tropical storm is expected to move up the coast of Florida in the coming days
The tropical storm is expected to move up the coast of Florida in the coming days 
Most of the state is forecast to see rainfall and thunderstorms on Saturday
Most of the state is forecast to see rainfall and thunderstorms on Saturday
The low pressure system is located about 100 miles off the eastern coast of Florida
The low pressure system is located about 100 miles off the eastern coast of Florida
Meteorologists expect the system to bring heavy rain to the coast before eventually veering off toward the northeastern Atlantic Ocean by early next week
Meteorologists expect the system to bring heavy rain to the coast before eventually veering off toward the northeastern Atlantic Ocean by early next week
The forecast led Florida emergency management officials to close 14 state-run COVID-19 test sites on Friday. 
The sites in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Brevard counties will reopen on Monday.
Helen Aguirre Ferré, the communications director for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, said on Twitter that it's the right move. 
'With possible wind gusts of 40 mph, it is best for public safety to reopen on Monday. It's also common sense,' she tweeted Thursday night.
State officials have said Florida is currently testing 16,000 to 24,000 people a day for the coronavirus.
Closing the testing sites for the entire weekend will give officials time to break down and set up tables, tents and other equipment at each location, Jason Mahon, communications director for the Florida Division of Emergency Management, told the Miami Herald.
Even though the anticipated weather is expected to move through the area by later in the weekend, Mahon noted that the sites would remain closed Sunday 'to allow staff to set up the sites after the conditions have passed.'
Clouds loom over the Miami skyline on Thursday as the area got hit with rain
Clouds loom over the Miami skyline on Thursday as the area got hit with rain
A trough of low pressure moving through the Florida Straits could organize over the northwest Bahamas later Friday or Saturday and become the first named storm of the 2020 hurricane season, the US National Hurricane Center in Miami said
A trough of low pressure moving through the Florida Straits could organize over the northwest Bahamas later Friday or Saturday and become the first named storm of the 2020 hurricane season, the US National Hurricane Center in Miami said
Tropical system Arthur forms off the coast of Florida and is the first named storm of the hurricane season with four inches of rain expected to hit parts of Sunshine State Tropical system Arthur forms off the coast of Florida and is the first named storm of the hurricane season with four inches of rain expected to hit parts of Sunshine State Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 03:48 Rating: 5

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