Tropical development in Gulf possible by next week

Source NOAA

The historical "peak" or hurricane season was on September 10.

A tropical depression could form by late this weekend or early next week over the northwestern Caribbean Sea or Gulf of Mexico while the system moves northwestward to northward. As this area drifts slowly north through the weekend into early next week, shear will begin to lessen, and it's possible a tropical depression or weak tropical storm will form. In five days, those chances go up to 90 percent.

The Hurricane Center said environmental conditions were becoming more favorable for the disturbance to become a tropical cyclone, possibly on Sunday or Monday. 60% chance of development through the next 5 days.

"Interests in the Yucatan peninsula, western Cuba, and the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico should monitor the progress of this system during the next several days", according to the release.

Hurricane season started June 1 and continues through November 30. Major hurricanes to hit Florida in October include Opal in 1995 and Isbell in 1964.

Hurricane Leslie, located in the north-central Atlantic, posed no threat to Cayman. "These swells will also increase near the coasts of New England and Atlantic Canada later today". It will continue to move off to the east, away from the U.S.



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