NEW ORLEANS — Tropical Depression Nine will become a tropical storm before 4 p.m. Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said in a key message it published Friday.

WWL-TV Meteorologist Alexandra Cranford tweeted that the storm isn't a threat to Louisiana.

The system is likely to bring tropical storm force winds and heavy rainfall to parts of the northwestern Bahamas late Friday, the message said.

Warning residents of Florida's east coast, the Hurricane Center says the tropical storm could eventually that area. Heavy rainfall and scattered flash flooding is possible this weekend in coastal sections of eastern Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

MORE WEATHER: Hot and mainly dry weather continues into next week