ORLANDO, FLORIDA- A tropical wave, known as Invest 91-L, has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to bring rainfall to Florida. The wave was first detected on Wednesday morning and has since grown in intensity.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Invest 91-L has a 70% chance of developing into a tropical depression over the next five days. The storm is currently located off the coast of western Cuba and is moving towards the northwest.
Residents of Florida are being warned to prepare for heavy rainfall over the weekend and into early next week. The storm is expected to bring anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of rain to the state, with some areas potentially seeing up to 8 inches.
The rainfall will be beneficial for Florida, which has been experiencing drought conditions in recent months. However, officials are warning residents to stay vigilant and take precautions to prevent flooding.
“This is a reminder that we are still in hurricane season and we need to stay prepared,” said Governor Ron DeSantis in a statement.
The Florida National Guard has been activated to assist with any emergency response efforts that may be needed. Officials are urging residents to stay informed of the latest weather updates and to have emergency kits ready in case evacuation becomes necessary.
Invest 91-L is the 9th tropical wave to form in the Atlantic this season. The peak of hurricane season typically occurs in September, so officials are urging residents to remain vigilant and prepared in the coming weeks.