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The latest spaghetti (model) plot for Invest 91 with landfall between 9 pm Tue and 3 am Wed. (img: WPMI)

Chances increase for named storm in Gulf of Mexico within 48 hours


By Meteorologist Jake Dunne

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —Storm trackers are closely monitoring a tropical wave currently moving through the Bahamas for development. The associated showers and storms will soak the Bahamas and south Florida through Sunday night.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) gives the system a 90 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone meaning a tropical storm (Gordon) is likely within 48 hours. Most forecast models agree on organization of the system, with the center over South East Louisiana or South Mississippi by Tuesday night.

Meteorologists will continue to watch the progress of the system as it should cross the Gulf Mexico Tuesday through Thursday.

Potential Tropical Cyclone 7 has a high chance to become a tropical depression or Tropical Storm Gordon on Monday. (Image via WEAR)

Locally, the main impact is expected to be heavy rain, choppy waters and dangerous rip currents. By Monday, the eventual path of the storm will become clearer once the tropical wave enters the Gulf and begins to organize. Please check often for the latest update.

The National Hurricane Center will provide regular updates on the storm.

Tropical Storm Florence is currently located to the west of the Cabo Verde Islands. The storm may eventually strengthen into a hurricane, but Florence will remain over the open water of the Atlantic, well away from land.

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