Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

Tropical system forecast to enter Gulf today on path to -- where?

Tropical system forecast to enter Gulf today on path to -- where?

The first is a tropical wave located several hundred miles south-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms.

There is a developing tropical system that could enter in the Gulf of Mexico later this week. The hurricane hunters are scheduled to fly into the system later on this afternoon to investigate whether it has further developed.

The National Weather Service says the chance of tropical cyclone development is 80 percent within the next 48 hours for the southern Gulf of Mexico. The warning means tropical storm conditions are expected in those areas over the next 24 hours.

The National Hurricane Center has issued advisories for what it calls Potential Tropical Cyclone Two, about 325 miles east-southeast of Trinidad, moving to the west at 25 mph.

This system is no threat to the US mainland at this time.

While the storm will enter the Gulf of Mexico, meteorologist Kaiti Blake said the likelihood the system has a direct impact on San Antonio is slim. "But some of the newer ones have a wider spread, and it looks like most of the U.S. Gulf Coast should be keeping an eye on this now".

The track is still uncertain but forecast models suggest the system has the potential to impact land anywhere between southern Texas and northern Florida.

Exactly where the system fully organizes will determine its future track. Regardless of the exact track, heavy rain appears to be the biggest forecast issue as wind shear will greatly limit the storms ability to gain any significant strength with regard the wind speeds. The cold front will also bring the chance of more rain late Friday into Sunday.

"It's very rare to see a named tropical system in this area of the Atlantic Ocean", Sovine said.

There's another tropical system brewing in the Atlantic as well.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40mph (65kmph) with higher gusts.

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