Hurricane center monitors system as it nears Gulf of Mexico

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. — Hurricane center forecasters are keeping an eye on an area of disturbed weather that should move into the Gulf of Mexico this coming week and has a 60 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm in the next five days.In its Friday morning advisory, the National Hurricane Center said showers and thunderstorms with the weather system near Nicaragua and Honduras have become more concentrated in the past several hours.“Although strong winds aloft are located just to the north of this system, the upper-level environment is expected to be conducive enough to allow slow development, and a tropical depression could form by late this weekend or early next week over the northwestern Caribbean Sea or southern Gulf of Mexico while the system moves slowly northwestward,” forecasters said.The system has a 30 percent — or low — chance of tropical formation in the next 48 hours, but the odds increase to 60 percent — or medium — in the next five days.“Regardless of tropical cyclone formation, this disturbance will continue to bring torrential rains primarily to portions of Central America and the Yucatan peninsula during the next few days,” the hurricane center said.last_img read more