Tropical disturbance could develop in the Gulf of Mexico

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
September 11, 2019 - 7:26 am

The National Hurricane Center says low pressure in the Atlantic could become a tropical depression or tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico.

"Widespread cloudiness and showers extending from the southeastern Bahamas northward over the southwestern Atlantic for a few hundred miles are associated with a surface trough of low pressure," Senior Hurricane Specialist Dr. Lixion Avila said. "Limited development of this system is anticipated today or tomorrow, however conditions are forecast to become a little more favorable for development over the weekend."

He says a tropical depression could form as the disturbance moves slowly toward the west-northwest across the Florida Straits or South Florida and over the eastern Gulf of Mexico.  

Formation chance through five days is 60 percent.

WWL TV Meteorologist Chris Franklin says it is too early to know where this will go or what it will do.

"We are watching the disturbance near the Bahamas that could potentially bring us some rain this weekend. The area is not organized."

Franklin says it bears watching.

"The area is forecast to move into the extreme northeast Gulf this weekend. We'll be watching it closely, but it looks like it may mainly just bring us some rain Saturday through Monday, possibly up to 1-2 inches."

If it does become a named storm, it will be Humberto.

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