The National Hurricane Centre says a tropical depression formed overnight in the mid-Atlantic and is expected to develop into Tropical Storm Laura during the day Thursday.
Florida is in the storm’s projected forecast cone.
It says the storm is expected to move along a fairly quick west-northwest track over the next several days, approaching the southeastern Bahamas during the weekend.
The depression was making an approach toward the Caribbean Sea, the National Hurricane Center said.
Meanwhile, the met Service says there is Strong Tropical Wave just west of Jamaica with a large area of showers and thunderstorms that has been affecting sections of the island late last night and into this morning.
Additionally, the system has become better organized over the past 24 hours and satellite imagery suggests that this system could become a Tropical Depression across the northwestern Caribbean later today or early on Friday.
It says due to the large spatial extent of the showers and thunderstorms associated with the Tropical Wave and the expected further development of this system, the weather conditions will continue to deteriorate.