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Tropical system may be in Gulf of Mexico next week

Remigio Civitarese | 03 Settembre, 2016, 05:12

The National Hurricane Center, which tracks tropical storms, said Friday night that the large weather system remains disorganized with upper-level winds unfavorable for significant cyclone development.

Upper-level winds are expected to remain unfavorable for significant development during the next couple of days, as the system moves west-northwest at about 10 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said. Lester was expected to become a hurricane on Friday.

The disturbance that has Florida's attention was located between the southeastern Bahamas and the northeastern coast of Cuba Friday morning. It will feel like summer once again with isolated showers and storms returning to the forecast by Sunday.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the system's strongest winds were below tropical storm strength but that it could strengthen as it approaches Florida and the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend. Should the storm become organized, it could become a tropical depression or Tropical Storm Hermine. The odds of tropical formation within 5 days is now 60%. This means the tropical wave attracting a lot of attention of late will remain an area of interest moving over parts of the Lesser Antilles with gusty wind and spells of heavy rain. As of Friday morning, it was moving west-northwest at 10 miles per hour. Although the forecast track for Lionrock is uncertain at this stage, it could pass close to or over the east coast of Honshu, Japan early next week.

Meantime, a second disturbance has appeared in the Gulf of Mexico. However, as Gaston moves into more favorable conditions over the weekend, it is expected to intensify this weekend.

The peak of the hurricane season is around September 10, so it's not over.

Meanwhile, in the central Atlantic, NHC has just posted an update on the status of Hurricane Gaston, which, as of 11:00 a.m. EST, was downgraded to tropical storm status.

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