Update 11 a.m.: Tropical Storm Ian has formed in the Atlantic with 40 mph winds, the National Hurricane Center is reporting.
The system, which is not expected to become a hurricane, is no threat to land.
Ian is not a well organized storm, with the low-level center exposed about 70 nautical miles southwest of the main area of deep thunderstorm activity.
While some strengthening is expected, forecasters expect top wind speeds to reach only 60 mph.
Previous story: An easterly wave that has been brewing for days in the far off Atlantic could turn into the season’s ninth named storm by day’s end, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The wave, which would be named Ian, is about 800 miles east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands and is producing an area of gale-force winds.
While forecasters said this morning that the center of circulation is not well defined, showers and thunderstorms are gradually increasing and became a little better organized overnight.
It has a 90 percent chance of development over the next 48 hours.
If the circulation becomes a little better organized, Ian will be born.
But, like Hurricane Gaston, whatever comes out of the wayward tropical wave will head off into Atlantic, with no impact to land expected.
At the same time, a second weak tropical wave is hitting Florida with bouts of showers as it moves west-northwest at 10 to 15 mph.
The clutch of disorganized shower activity is near the central Bahamas with just a 10 percent chance of development over the next 48 hours.
Locally heavy rainfall is possible over portions of the central Bahamas today, and portions of the Florida peninsula today and tomorrow.