Tropical system south of the Gulf of Mexico, with a forecast of becoming a named tropical storm, shows “signs of greater organization” and may affect Texas and Louisiana, the United States National Hurricane Center warned this Sunday.
The system, which produces showers and thunderstorms, is located over the southwest of the Bay of Campeche with “favorable environmental conditions” to develop, said the observatory, based in Miami, Florida.
Depression is expected to form today in the afternoon or evening, as the system moves northwest and then north, near the northeast coast of Mexico, he said.
If it remains on the water, its development will be of special interest along the western and northwestern shores of the Gulf of Mexico.
Regardless of the development of this system, indicates the NHC, the disturbance will continue to produce heavy rains in parts of southern Mexico today, which can lead to flash floods and landslides.
At the end of this day, heavy rains could reach areas of the coasts of Texas and Louisiana.
A US Air Force “hurricane hunter” aircraft flew to the area early this Sunday to investigate the system, with a 90% chance of training in the next two days.
Hitting maximum winds of 40 miles per hour (64 km / h) or more will become Tropical Storm Nicholas or Odette, depending on what happens to other disturbances that the NHC tracks in the Atlantic.
At this time, a tropical wave is observed near Cape Verde with low probabilities of formation as a storm in the next 48 hours.
Also with a low development forecast is a “non-tropical low-pressure zone” in the far northeast Atlantic, a few hundred miles east-northeast of the Azores islands.
The observatory is also monitoring another tropical wave that “will move” off the west coast of Africa “in a couple of days” and an area of low-pressure north of the southeast or the central Bahamas, both with a low probability of formation. within 48 hours, but they could be organized and developed within five days.
So far this year there have been five hurricanes in the Atlantic basin, Elsa, Grace, Henri, Ida, and Larry, of which Grace, Ida, and Larry reached the highest category, 3 or more.