Issued 2100z 13 Aug 2003
Valid for 24 hours
...A TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE TROPICAL DISTURBANCE CROSSING THE BAHAMAS...
...A TROPICAL STORM WATCH FOR THE BAHAMA ISLANDS OF LITTLE ABACO, GREAT ABACO, GRAND BAHAMA, BERRI, BIMINI, NEW PROVIDENCE, ELUTHERA, AND ANDROS CONTINUES, BUT IS DISCONTINUED FOR THE REMAINING ISLANDS...
...A TROPICAL STORM WATCH ALSO CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE EAST COAST OF FLORIDA BETWEEN TITUSVILLE AND KEY LARGO, AND IS NOW EXTENDED SOUTH TO KEY WEST...
...A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS NOW ISSUED FOR THE FLORIDA WEST COAST SOUTH OF ANCLOTE KEY...
Satellite imagery indicates the tropical disturbance currently located over the Bahamas is becomming better organised. However, recent Recon Aircraft data shows the system still lacks a closed low-level circulation, and therefore can not be classified as a Tropical Cyclone yet. The aircraft did report winds of near Tropical Storm force near the centre of lowest pressure, especially in the northern and eastern quadrants. This disturbance may become a Tropical Depression or Tropical Storm at anytime. Regardless of whether a Tropical Cyclone does develop, heavy rains and thunderstorms, as well as squally winds, can be expected in the Watch area through the next 24 hours. Rough surf conditions are also likely along the coasts, leading to dangerous conditions on the shoreline. All interests in the Bahamas and Florida should continue to closely monitor the progress and development of this system over the next few hours as it continues to head to the west should Warnings be required at short notice.
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