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Hurricane forecasters have eyes on the Gulf once again


A tropical wave expected to move into the southern Gulf of Mexico later this week has a 30 percent chance of development over the next five days.

The National Hurricane Center will again be watching the same part of the Gulf of Mexico where Tropical Storm Nestor got its start last week.

The hurricane center said a tropical wave was spreading rain and storms from Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula to Belize and out over the northwest Caribbean on Wednesday morning.

The disturbance is expected to move to the west-northwest, just like Nestor, and emerge in the Bay of Campeche on Thursday.

From there it could track to the north and northeast and into the central Gulf by Friday and Saturday.

The hurricane center said some development will be possible by then and put the chance of a tropical depression forming at 30 percent, which is up from 20 percent earlier today.

Could this be another Nestor? Forecasters didn’t think so as of Wednesday morning.

The hurricane center thinks this disturbance will merge with a cold front by Sunday.

It could, however, help to enhance rain chances for parts of the Gulf Coast late this week and into the weekend.


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