Hurricane forecasters keeping an eye on Gulf this weekend

Hurricane forecasters keeping an eye on Gulf this weekend

Hurricane forecasters keeping an eye on Gulf this weekend

For now, a broad area of circulation near the eastern end of the Yucatan Peninsula is producing storm activity over the Caribbean.

The disturbance is expected to continue to develop as it moves northwest across the Yucatan Peninsula.

The NHC adds the US Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters are scheduled to investigate this area on Sunday, if necessary.

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring two systems moving across the Atlantic this week. With this development, the NHC is issuing a forecast cone and advisories on the feature as it is expected to impact areas of the Caribbean near the Windward Islands by Tuesday morning. That swath of heavy rain could possibly set up over the Florida Panhandle, if the storm where to make a more Central landfall in the Northern Gulf Coast, say Louisiana or Mississippi. But, we will get a surge of tropical moisture affiliated with this system; boosting our local rain chance.

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Nine hundred fifty seven acres (one acre equivalent to a football field) have burned, and 750 people have been evacuated. The weather is expected to remain dry and warm over the coming days, with a chance of thunderstorms later in the week.

A lopsided disturbance in the southern Gulf of Mexico is on the verge of becoming a tropical system in the next 24-48 hours.

Computer model forecasts are very shaky at this time, but it appears South Florida will not have any concerns with this system. If it does so, we'll likely see breezier conditions and more rain for the middle part of the week. The first feature has been given a 20% of development over the next five days, while the second area has been given a 50% of development the next five days.

Storm warnings have been issued for Trinidad, Tobago, Grenada and the cost of Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana.

This portion of the Atlantic Basin is an unusual spot for tropical development this early in the season. Chris said the system will remain rather weak with winds around 40-45 miles per hour at landfall, but that the storm will contain a lot of moisture. A tropical cyclone could form early in the week over the southern or central Gulf of Mexico.

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