HOLT, Fla., Oct. 27, 2017–The low pressure system in the northwestern Caribbean Sea has become better organized and is likely to develop into a tropical depression or storm according to the National Hurricane Center.
The NHC now gives the system an 80 percent chance of further formation in the next 48 hours, later today or Saturday.
The system is expected to travel northward before turning northeast by late Saturday, crossing Cuba toward the Bahamas.
Increasing upper-level winds will make conditions less favorable when the system moves north of Cuba and merges with a cold front Sunday.
An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter reconnaissance aircraft is investigating this system.
Data from this mission may determine if the system has become Tropical Storm Philippe, the 16th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.