Tropical Storm Bonnie could be forming off the Bahamas

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It’s becoming even more likely that Tropical Storm Bonnie could form in the Atlantic over the weekend.

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said the area of low pressure northeast of the Bahamas has a 90 per cent chance of developing into a tropical or subtropical depression or storm as early as this weekend.

The Air Force Reserve is scheduled to send a plane this afternoon to gather information on the developing low pressure system.

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“Shower activity associated with the low pressure area located between Bermuda and the Bahamas continues to show signs of organization, and the circulation of the low has become a little better defined overnight,” the NHC said this morning.

“Environmental conditions are generally conducive for a tropical or subtropical cyclone to form later today or Saturday while this system moves west-northwestward to northwestward toward the southeastern United States coast.”

The system is developing just days before the official June 1 start of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

If Bonnie forms, it would be the second named storm of the season, following on the heels of Hurricane Alex which formed in January in the northeastern Atlantic and moved through the Azores before weakening.

 

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