The National Hurricane Center is watching two areas for possible development, including one near Florida’s Panhandle.

After a brief respite, the tropics became more active over the Fourth of July weekend, with three systems currently being monitored by the National Hurricane Center, including a new tropical storm.


Of the three, one in the northern Gulf of Mexico is expected to bring heavy rain and isolated flooding to the Florida Panhandle and North Florida today as it moves across the state.


Tropical Storm Edouard forms in Atlantic


Tropical Storm Edouard formed Sunday night well off the eastern U.S.


Location: 530 miles south of Cape Race, Newfoundland


Maximum sustained winds: 55 mph


Movement: northeast at 36 mph


At 5 a.m., the center of Tropical Storm Edouard was located near 530 miles south of Cape Race, Newfoundland, according to the National Hurricane Center.


Edouard is moving toward the northeast near 36 mph, and this motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. There are no hazards affecting land.


Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph, with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles, mainly to the southeast of the center.


Little significant change in strength is forecast before Edouard becomes post-tropical later today or tonight.


The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 mb.


Edouard became the earliest fifth named storm in the Atlantic, beating the previous record held by Emily, which formed July 12 in 2005. Emily was a Category 5 hurricane.


#Edouard has formed in the far North Atlantic - the earliest 5th Atlantic named storm on record. Previous record was Emily in 2005 on July 12 at 0 UTC. #hurricane pic.twitter.com/K7cB6UKUnq

— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) July 6, 2020

Area of low pressure moving across North Florida


A small low-pressure system has moved inland over the Florida Panhandle.


The small low is forecast to evolve into a larger low-pressure system and move northeast, near the coast of the Carolinas.


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Since the low is currently over land, no development is expected today or tomorrow.


However, some development will be possible if the system moves back over water Wednesday or Thursday.


Formation chance through 48 hours: low, 10 percent.


Formation chance through 5 days: medium, 40 percent.


Here is the 2pm (July 5) Tropical Weather Outlook. The chance for development has increased and is now at 40%. Regardless of development, the primary impacts for the northern Gulf will be heavy rain, isolated flooding, and increased surf the next few days. #FLwx #ALwx #GAwx pic.twitter.com/TA1EN3DkEE

— NWS Tallahassee (@NWSTallahassee) July 5, 2020

"Showers and thunderstorms will be widespread from extreme East Texas and Louisiana to Georgia and South Carolina through Tuesday as a low-pressure area drifts eastward from the lower Mississippi Valley to the southern Appalachians," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Joe Lundberg said.


"Many locations across the South and into the Southeast will receive 1-2 inches of additional rainfall through Tuesday, but isolated amounts of up to 5 inches are possible," Lundberg said. The Florida Panhandle, Georgia and South Carolina may be the hardest-hit areas during the first half of the week, he added.


The system is expected to bring rain to much of Florida into Tuesday.


The key to whether tropical development can occur with this system later in the week lies in how far east the center of the storm can make it off the coast of the Carolinas, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski.


"If the storm remains onshore or hugs the coastline, its interaction with land could limit its chance to develop and organize further. However, if the low center can drift far enough east off the coast of the Carolinas by later Wednesday or Thursday, then its chance to develop and organize further will increase, especially if it gets over the warm waters of the Gulf stream," Pydynowski said.


Strong tropical wave approaching Caribbean


A tropical wave continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms several hundred miles east of the Windward Islands.


Some slight development of this system is possible today before environmental conditions become hostile for development Tuesday.


The wave is forecast to move through the Lesser Antilles on Tuesday and could produce locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds on some of those islands.


Formation chance through 48 hours: low, 10 percent.


Formation chance through 5 days: low, 10 percent.