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Weather experts monitor area of low pressure in Gulf of Mexico with 70% chance of formation

Posted: Monday, June 17, 2024. 8:39 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez:  Weather experts at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) are closely monitoring 2 disturbances in the Atlantic.

Satellite imagery and surface observations indicate that a broad area of low pressure is forming over the Bay of Campeche.

Environmental conditions appear conducive for additional gradual development, and a tropical depression or tropical storm is likely to form by midweek while it moves slowly westward or west-northwestward toward the western Gulf coast.

Forecasters note that regardless of development, several days of heavy rainfall are expected across portions of southern Mexico and Central America, and these rains are likely to cause life-threatening flooding and flash flooding.

In addition, gale warnings have been issued for portions of the Gulf of Mexico.

This system has a 70% chance of formation through the next 48 hours.

In the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean, an area of cloudiness and thunderstorms located several hundred miles east of the Bahamas is associated with a surface trough and an upper-level area of low pressure. 

Environmental conditions could be conducive for some development of this system during the next few days while it moves westward or west-northwestward.  The system is forecast to approach the coast of the southeast United States on Thursday or Friday.

This system has a 30% chance of formation through the next 7 days.


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