National Hurricane Center: high chance of tropical cyclone development in the Gulf soon

Tropical development possible: A large cluster of tropical thunderstorms surrounding a weak ‘low’ in the western Caribbean that has a ‘high’ chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm in coming days.

The National Hurricane Center’s update at 2 PM Friday said this:

‘A tropical depression could
form by late this weekend or early next week over the northwestern
Caribbean Sea or Gulf of Mexico while the system moves northwestward
to northward. Regardless of tropical cyclone formation, this
disturbance will continue to bring torrential rains primarily to
portions of Central America and the Yucatan peninsula during the
next few days.’

This system will have some impact on the Gulf Coast next week. The questions are where and when, and we don’t know the exact answer yet.

If you have beach plans, be aware that tropical development could play into your vacation between Wednesday and Friday in Alabama and Northwest Florida.

This system could also help enhance showers and storms in North Alabama late next week, but as of now we think the greatest impact will be southeast of the Tennessee Valley region.

Track the progress of this system with WHNT.com's Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19!

Looking for the forecast? It's always online at WHNT.com/Weather and in the “Daily Forecast” section on Live Alert 19!

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