A wide area of low pressure, Invest 93-L, is producing thunderstorm activity and unregulated rain over the northwest Caribbean Sea and eastern Gulf of Mexico.
According to the National Hurricane Center, as of 8 a.m., Saturday, there is a 90% chance that the Gulf will form within the next seven days. Environmental conditions appear favorable for further development of this system over the next few days, and a tropical depression is likely to form late this weekend or early next week while moving generally north over the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
Meanwhile, as of an 8 a.m. bulletin, the National Hurricane Center reported Tropical Storm Franklin moving to the east-northeast near 7 mph. A sharp turn to the north is expected later on Friday, followed by a north-northwest move over the western Atlantic during early next week.
Maximum winds increased to nearly 75 mph with higher gusts. It is expected to strengthen steadily, and Franklin could become a hurricane over the weekend.
As of 8 a.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service reported a wide area of low pressure called AL 92 in the central tropical region of the Atlantic Ocean. Unregulated rain and thunderstorms are located 1,000 miles east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands. There is a low chance of 40% forming within the next 7 days.
NHC reports that a possible tropical wave is expected to move off the west coast of Africa early next week. Some slow development of this system is possible during the latter part of next week as the system moves west across the eastern equatorial Atlantic Ocean. There is a 20% chance of formation within the next seven days.
The Weather Service will continue to provide updates on potential Gulf Coast development throughout its cycle.
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