Gulf Coast region faces tropical threat this weekend

Gulf Coast region faces tropical threat this weekend

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A weather disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico has the potential to organize into a tropical depression or even a tropical storm by the end of the week.

Although wind shear atop of this disturbance some 700 miles south of Southwest Florida has decreased a bit since Monday, but the National Hurricane Center has raised its estimate for development chances up to 50 percent.

Track models project this tropical low to reach the Yucatan Channel, between Mexico and western Cuba, on Thursday, and from there curve north through the middle of the Gulf on Friday and Saturday, NBC2 reports.

NBC2’s longest-range computer models eventually aim this system for the Gulf coast between Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle over the weekend, but that forecast is subject to change this far out.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Jerry is drifting westward in the Atlantic with little change in strength. The storm's maximum sustained winds early Wednesday are near 40 mph. The storm is centered about 1,275 miles east of Bermuda and is moving west near 1 mph. The storm isn't currently threatening any land.


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