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NHC watching two areas of disturbance for development in Gulf and Atlantic

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Houston may have to contend with Tropical Storm Bill later in the week if the area disturbance gets its act together and forms in the Gulf and there’s another fish storm brewing off the coast of North Carolina about 90-miles southeast of Cape Hatteras. Also of concern, other system just moved off the coast of Africa.

The National Hurricane Center is watching two areas of disturbance in the North Atlantic and in the Gulf of Mexico that could become Tropical Storms:

two areas of concern
National Hurricane Center watching two areas of concern in the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico.

Satellite, radar and surface observations indicate that a well-defined low pressure system located about 90 miles southeast of
Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, is acquiring more tropical characteristics. Environmental conditions appear conducive for
further development, and a tropical depression or tropical storm is likely to form later today or tonight. This system is expected to
move northeastward away from the United States and move over colder waters south of Nova Scotia on Wednesday, ending any opportunity for
further development by midweek.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…high…70 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…high…70 percent.

Showers and thunderstorms located over the Bay of Campeche are associated with a broad low pressure area. Gradual development of
this disturbance is possible during the next couple of days while it meanders near the coast of Mexico, and a tropical depression
could form late in the week when the system moves northward into the central Gulf of Mexico. Regardless of development, heavy
rainfall is possible over portions of Central America and southern Mexico during the next several days. Please consult products from
your local meteorological service for more information.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…medium…60 percent.

A strong tropical wave just offshore of west Africa is producing disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity. Some development
of this system is possible during the next few days before a combination of dry air aloft and strong upper-level winds limit any
chance of formation while the wave is over the central tropical Atlantic Ocean late week.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…low…20 percent.