The Palm Beach Post is reporting that the National Hurricane Center is expecting to have an active hurricane watch for Palm Beach and Newport Counties by the end of the week.
The forecast is in line with a number of other regional forecasters.
According to the National Weather Service, it is anticipated that a hurricane will move over southern Florida on Thursday night, bringing heavy rain, wind gusts and possibly heavy surf.
The storm could bring up to 2 feet of rain to coastal areas and may bring up more than 2 feet to inland areas.
In a statement issued Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said, “This is not a ‘major’ hurricane, but it will likely be a Category 3 or higher storm with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph or greater and gusts of up to 125 mph.
There is the potential for some coastal flooding.”
The National Hurricane Centre also said, in a release Thursday, that this could be the most intense tropical storm on record in the Atlantic basin, with sustained winds as high as 110 mph.
The hurricane center says this is the strongest Atlantic tropical storm to have made landfall since 1961.
The storm is moving at a slow speed, with maximum winds of 50 mph, according to the latest NHC forecast.
The NHC said the storm will be accompanied by rain and winds of 40 mph or higher that may cause power outages and damaging winds.
The Storm Prediction Center says this could cause power disruptions in parts of the Southeast, with gusts up to 45 mph.
On Thursday, a number for the storm was posted on the National Severe Storms Office website.
It said the maximum sustained wind speed for this storm is 75 mph, and that winds are expected to increase to 100 mph or more over the next two hours.
The NHC says this storm could be very damaging to infrastructure in the state and to the communities where it is centered.
It is expected to bring strong coastal winds, heavy rain and heavy surf to the eastern and western coasts of the state by Friday, according the NHC.
The hurricane is moving east-northeast and is expected “to develop a track into the Atlantic Ocean, with high winds and tropical storm-force winds, possibly with some tropical storm force winds in the Caribbean Sea,” the NSSO said.