Strengthening storm with drenching rain to sweep from South Florida to Bahamas, Bermuda

A storm with some tropical characteristics will drench areas from South Florida to the Bahamas and Bermuda prior to the end of the week.

According to AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski, a rapidly developing storm will sweep northeastward from the Florida Straits to the western Atlantic Ocean spanning Wednesday to Friday.

"The storm will grab tropical moisture and will produce gales, in addition to heavy rain and building seas as it moves along," Kottlowski said.

Enough rain can fall to cause urban and low-lying area flooding in parts of South Florida and the Florida Keys, including Miami, into Wednesday afternoon. Lesser showers will extend northward along the Florida Atlantic coast.

The storm will thoroughly drench the northern Bahamas into Wednesday night and then Bermuda later Thursday and Thursday night.

The heaviest rain and strongest winds will occur north of the storm center, which will pass near Bermuda on Friday morning.

"Waters are not warm enough to support rapid tropical development," Kottlowski said. "But the system has the look of a hybrid storm."

In absence of an official tropical storm, the system will bring brief tropical storm conditions as it moves swiftly northeastward off the East coast of the United States.

"Waters are running warmer than average off the Southeast and mid-Atlantic coasts, and this will help to fuel this storm's spunk and could enhance other systems should they venture over the area during the next few weeks," Kottlowski said.