Florida hurricane threat reveals forecasting challenges in social media era

Right now, there's a broad area of disturbed weather extending from Cuba to Hispaniola. It's a messy storm system from a meteorological perspective, lacking any cohesion and the familiar, tightly wound swirling motion we're used to seeing in mature tropical storms and hurricanes. 

But the tropical wave, named "Invest 99L" by the National Hurricane Center, has the potential to become a big troublemaker for Florida and other Gulf Coast states if it manages to get its act together and intensify. It has had that potential for days. 

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