Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Tropical development expected in Gulf of Mexico

A Tropical Storm Warning is issued in the Windward Islands of Trinidad, Tobago and Grenada on Sunday night. We are going to leave rain chances in the forecast for these days and the greatest coverage of rain and storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours. Late next week still poses some uncertainty in that it depends partly on the track of a potential weak tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico. The threat is subject to change given the eventual path the storm decides to take.

The Windward Islands may begin to see gusty winds and heavy rain Monday night or early Tuesday, making outside preparations hard or unsafe by this time. Keep it here as Miller and myself will refine the forecast for you during the early part of the week! The first is a tropical wave located several hundred miles south-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms.

Landfall along the Gulf Coast would likely be around Wednesday or Thursday.

Two tropical disturbances brewing in the Tropics were given greater odds of swirling into tropical cyclones next week, forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said Saturday.

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Regardless, residents along the Gulf Coast should prepare for possible flooding downpours, rough seas and locally damaging winds from a tropical depression or storm.

Check out National Hurricane Center's latest updates here.

If this does strengthen we need to watch it closely, especially if the system starts to track north-northeast.

Areas of interest include Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Since we do not know exactly where the feature is going to venture, we'll simply have to wait and monitor it for developments. It is important to note at this time that the models DO NOT have a great handle on the system yet as it does not have a well defined center of circulation. That one isn't a threat to the US but is expected to move near the southern Windward Islands on Monday or Tuesday night.

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