Tropical Depression In Northwestern Gulf?

An area of disturbed weather in the Gulf of Mexico just off the Texas/Louisiana border has a slight chance of becoming a tropical depression before landfall, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday.

"The associated shower and thunderstorm activity shows signs of organization," said the tropical weather outlook from the NHC. "However, the system is likely to move inland over eastern Texas and western Louisiana before significant development can occur."

There remains a threat of possibly locally heavy rains from the remnants of the system moving west to east across southeast Louisiana for the next few days.

Further out in the Atlantic, Tropical Depression Five has formed east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles with maximum winds of 35 miles per hour, moving west at 12 miles per hour.

The NHC expects this will a named storm before the weekend ends, and possibly strengthen into a category 1 hurricane by mid-week. It remains to be seen if this system will post any threat to the Gulf Coast.

Finally, there remains a high chance of a tropical depression forming somewhere off the East Coast of the United States from a broad area of low pressure currently located over south Florida after it reemerges over water.

"Regardless of development, locally heavy rains are possible over the northwestern Bahamas and the southern and central Florida peninsula through the weekend," said the NHC.

The next names on the 2019 Atlantic hurricane list are Dorian and Erin.

Photos: NOAA/National Hurricane Center

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