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Hurricane center says tropical depression may form as soon as Friday, then move into Gulf


The National Hurricane Center says there’s a 60 percent chance a tropical depression will move into the Gulf of Mexico over the next five days.


But now they’re saying it could form as soon as Friday near the Bahamas.


Forecasters on Wednesday continued to monitor a trough of low pressure that stretched from near Cuba through the southeastern Bahamas into the southwestern Atlantic.


Conditions appear favorable for it to strengthen, and the hurricane center said a tropical depression could form as soon as Friday near South Florida or the northwestern Bahamas, which were battered by Hurricane Dorian just days ago.


It is then forecast to cross the Florida Straits or South Florida and into the eastern Gulf by the weekend, the hurricane center said.


And it’s there that conditions could continue to be favorable for it to develop.


A storm has to have a closed, defined center of circulation and winds of at least 39 mph to be considered a

and get a name.


The next name on the list is Humberto (oom-BAIR-toh).


Could it become Humberto? It’s too early to say. But the National Weather Service in Mobile was keeping an eye on it on Wednesday.


If nothing else, the system could bring higher rain chances and cooler temperatures to at least part of Alabama this weekend, forecasters said.


How far north those cooler temperatures reach is still in question depending on the system’s track, but the weather service in Birmingham said rain chances could increase for central Alabama from Sunday through Tuesday.


The hurricane center is also tracking two other tropical waves farther out in the Atlantic. Both had low chances of development as of Wednesday afternoon.


The second tropical wave was located between the west coast of Africa and the Cabo Verde Islands.


It is forecast to move quickly to the west and could develop slowly over the next few days — but it won’t approach the Lesser Antilles until at least early next week.


It has a 30 percent chance of development over the next five days, which is up from 20 percent this morning.


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