Tropical moisture to cause weekend wetness for Big Bend, Gulf regions

Tropical moisture to cause weekend wetness for Big Bend, Gulf regions

Tropical moisture to cause weekend wetness for Big Bend, Gulf regions

The National Hurricane Center says the low pressure system is likely to develop into a tropical or subtropical system on Thursday.

This system will move northeast over the next few days, battling some areas of higher wind shear in the Gulf which may inhibit or slow down development efforts.

As of early Thursday, the weekend forecast for Manatee County calls for rain chances to begin increasing by Friday, up to 50 percent throughout the day and evening.

Forecasters said that tropical-storm-force conditions are expected to reach coastal areas by late Friday, "making outside preparations hard or unsafe".

If necessary, a reconnaissance aircraft will investigate the system later Thursday afternoon.

As always, forecasts for developing systems are less certain than for well-organized tropical storms or hurricanes, so changes are certainly possible.

Impacts in southeast Louisiana right now look to be mostly along the coast. Significant impacts are now not expected in North Escambia beyond much needed rain and breezy conditions.

For now, the timing remains uncertain with some models bringing it here by Friday night and other not until later Saturday.

As we get closer to the end of hurricane season, we focus our attention to the western Gulf for possible development later this week. If it becomes a tropical storm, it would be named Nestor.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

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