Florence Arrives & And Gulf Chances Rise

As a tropical wave drifts towards the Gulf of Mexico, its chances of forming into a depression or greater are rising.

"Strong upper-level winds will likely prevent significant development of this system during the next couple of days, but environmental conditions are expected to become a little more favorable for a surface low pressure area to form when the disturbance moves across the Gulf of Mexico during the early to middle part of next week," said the National Hurricane Center as it gave the system a medium chance (40%) of developing further in a tropical weather outlook issued Saturday morning.

The possible development area now stretches from Texas to Florida.

Further out in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Florence has formed and for now looks to be a "fish storm" - staying out to sea and away from land.

The NHC says a combination of factors could lead to the Florence staying at tropical storm strength rather than a hurricane as previously forecast.

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