First Tropical Depression Of Season Could Form Later This Week

The National Hurricane Center continues to watch for an area of low pressure to develop later this week that could become the season's first tropical depression.

"A large and complex area of low pressure is expected to develop near the Yucatan Peninsula and the northwestern Caribbean Sea in a couple of days, partially related to the remnants of Agatha from the eastern Pacific," said the NHC Tuesday. "Despite strong upper-level winds over the area, this system is likely to become a tropical depression while it moves northeastward over the northwestern Caribbean Sea and southeastern Gulf of Mexico late Thursday or Friday. Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall is likely across portions of southeastern Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, Guatemala, and Belize during the next couple of days, spreading across western Cuba, southern Florida, and the Florida Keys on Friday and Saturday."

At this time, it does not appear that there would be any impacts to the northern Gulf Coast.

The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins tomorrow. The first name on the list is Alex.

Hurricane Agatha made landfall on the southern coast of Mexico Monday with 105 mph winds, making it only the second hurricane in history to hit the country in the month of May.

The NHC says Agatha's remnants could trigger life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

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