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Disturbance near Belize given a moderate chance of development

Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2018. 8:58 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is reporting a 40 percent chance of development for a low-pressure system as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico.

According to the NHC, the system is expected to develop late into this week and go toward the northern Gulf coast.

The disturbance is currently situated north of the Nicaraguan coast, or east of the coast of Belize.

It is producing widespread cloudiness and rain throughout Cuba and up the Florida peninsula.

This broad area of low pressure continues to remain disorganized in the Caribbean Sea. While development is unlikely in the next two days, chances have improved that it could develop tropical characteristics as it enters the Gulf of Mexico later this week.

The chances of tropical development are near 0 percent through the next 48 hours and 40 percent through the next 5 days.

Heavy rains and possible flooding are expected as it develops.

The system should be monitored closely by all interests along the Gulf coast due to the uncertainty of the path of the system.

BBN will bring you online developments as they become available.

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