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Caribbean Tropical Low Intensifies as Tropics Heat Up

17 Jun 2017, 2:28 pm

Odds continue to increase that an area of low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico will become a tropical cyclone in the next five days as it slowly drifts north, with possible impacts to the Gulf Coast next week.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has slowly been upping the odds of development with an area of low pressure currently near Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. A broad area of low pressure formed on Saturday near the coast of Belize, and this low is expected to drift slowly towards the Yucatan, dumping heavy rain along with gusty winds.

Air Force reconnaissance units are scheduled to fly into this storm on Sunday afternoon to further investigate the storm.

The track of the low, however, grows increasingly uncertain once it moves past the Yucatan early next week. Some forecast models bring the area of low pressure to the Florida panhandle, while others bring drift it westward into Mexico. Regardless of the exact track, the greatest impact is expected to be heavy rainfall.

Any development isn’t expected until early next week, but residents along the full Gulf Coast should closely monitor this system.

Another system in the Atlantic Ocean is also being watched for possible development, but any possible impacts from this wouldn’t be until late next week, at the earliest.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on these systems and possible impacts.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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