High chance for tropical development in Gulf of Mexico, rain likely locally

Katie Ramirez
July 10, 2019

A low pressure area now over Georgia will move south and be in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico by Wednesday.

Remnants of those storms will help develop a low-pressure system in the very warm waters of Florida's "Big Bend" in the Gulf of Mexico. Regardless of development, this system has the potential to produce heavy rainfall along portions of the northern U.S. Gulf Coast later this week. But again, there is uncertainty involved with the tropical system right now, and the forecast could change.

Satellite imagery of the Gulf Of Mexico region on July 9, 2019. Forecasters at the Weather Prediction Center have outlined much of west-central Florida in a region likely to receive more than four inches of rain through Friday.

NOAA's National Hurricane Center issued a Tropical Weather Outlook at 8 p.m.

Will it develop into a tropical storm or hurricane? Models are still not in good agreement about which areas will see the most significant impacts and coastal areas are keeping an eye on this system. We'll keep you posted!

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Isolated storms have been with us this afternoon thanks to heat and humidity and a weak upper level low diving southward.

The first named storm of the season, Subtropical Storm Andrea, formed and dissipated in May.

The National Weather Service continues to predict a tropical development in the Northern Gulf of Mexico is likely for the end of this week. Instead the theory was that a surface boundary could linger over the area, setting off rain and storms periodically. High 97. Wednesday: Sunny, hot and humid.

As "Barry" moves inland, heavy rain can be expected for interior parts of the country but we will have more updates on this as the track of the tropical low becomes more certain.

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