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An area of unsettled weather in the western Caribbean is headed toward the Yucatan Peninsula and the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to bring rain to Southwest Florida.
While this tropical system is not heading directly toward the region, Collier and Lee counties will be on the eastern side — or "wet" side — of it. Expect higher rain coverage Thursday and Friday as this system moves through the Gulf, NBC2 reports.
Surface observations indicate that this area of low pressure could be forming between the northeastern tip of Honduras and the Cayman Islands, where the shower activity has become concentrated during the past several hours, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Upper-level winds are favorable for additional development of this disturbance over the next couple of days as it moves northwestward at 10 to 15 mph toward the Yucatan Peninsula and southern Gulf of Mexico.
This system has a 50 percent of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, and a 60 percent of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next five days. Interests in the Yucatan peninsula and the southern Gulf should monitor the progress of this disturbance, the Hurricane Center reports.
Another area of disturbed weather across the Atlantic near the Cape Verde Islands has a 60 percent chance for tropical development during the next five days, the Hurricane Center reports. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a second low pressure system located a few hundred miles southeast of the Cape Verde Islands continue to show signs of organization. Environmental conditions are conducive for additional development during the next couple of days. After that time, the low will be moving toward a less favorable environment, which could limit development. Interests in the Cape Verde Islands should monitor the progress of this system, the Hurricane Center reports.
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