Low over the U.S. may turn tropical in Gulf

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A low-pressure trough moving into the Gulf of Mexico from the Tennessee/Georgia area could turn into a tropical depression once it reaches the Gulf of Mexico. (National Hurricane Center)

HOLT, Fla., July 7, 2019–The Gulf Coast is watching a potential development not from the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea or Atlantic Ocean, but from northward within the United States.

A trough of low pressure located over the southeastern United States is forecast to move southward toward the northeastern Gulf of Mexico where a broad area of low pressure will likely form in a few days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Some gradual development is possible after it reaches the Gulf sometime Wednesday and a tropical depression could form by Friday while the low meanders near the northern Gulf Coast.

The NHC gives this a 60 percent chance of further development during the next five days.

Outlook

Heavy rainfall is possible toward the end of the week. (National Weather Service)

Regardless of development, this system has the potential to produce heavy rainfall along portions of the central and eastern Gulf Coast later this week, according to the National Weather Service.

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