All eyes on the Gulf; storm impacts possible next week

James Marshall
September 12, 2020

A Tropical Storm Watch was issued for southeastern Florida on Friday as a new depression creeps across the panhandle, bringing the potential for heavy rain to the Mississippi Coast by early next week.

The tropical activity continues with two named storms, Paulette and Rene. Paulette is expected to become a hurricane sometime on Saturday. "On the forecast track, the centre of Paulette should approach Bermuda Sunday night and Monday", the NHC says.

Rene, meanwhile, is weakening. Residents living in these areas should monitor the storm's progress to get updates concerning high winds and storm surges.

"Rene is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 m.p.h".

A west-northwestward or northwestward motion at a slightly slower forward speed is expected through the weekend, followed by a turn toward the northwest and north-northwest on Monday and Monday evening. There are now three other areas they are watching for development. A broad area of low pressure could be forming between the northwestern Bahamas and South Florida.

This system is forecast to move westward, crossing the Bahamas and Florida on Friday and moving into the eastern Gulf of Mexico over the weekend.

Its development chances rose from 20 percent to 30 percent over the next five days.

There is a trough of low pressure located just off the coast of North Carolina.

The hurricane center said it, too, could slowly develop over the weekend and into early next week as it moves to the west or southwest.

Tropical Depression 19 has maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour (55 km/h), with higher gusts.

Up to four inches of rain is expected as TD 19 moves over south Florida, and then away from us.

Also due to the close proximity of this developing tropical system, tropical storm watches are in place for the Gulf waters off our coastline as tropical storm gusts are possible. The track on this system still remains uncertain and could ultimately determine whether or not we see rain by next week.

For today, we will be dodging some passing downpours from time to time.

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