System in the Gulf could become Tropical Storm Nestor

System in the Gulf could become Tropical Storm Nestor

An area of low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico has been given an 80% chance for tropical development over the next five days.

"Tropical development can occur at any time into Saturday as the system travels northeastward over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico", Dan Kottlowski, AccuWeather hurricane expert, said. Heavy rain will be the main threat, but gusty winds can't be ruled out. The National Hurricane Center has scheduled a Hurricane Hunter aircraft to investigate the system Thursday afternoon. On the forecast track, the system will approach the northern Gulf coast Friday and Friday night.Maximum sustained winds are near 35 miles per hour (55 km/h) with higher gusts.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the depression now has an 80% chance of strengthening into a tropical storm, and if it does, it will be named "Tropical Storm Nestor".

While specific impacts can not be nailed down just yet, it looks like a wet and windy weekend is in store for the Wiregrass. Significant impacts are now not expected in North Escambia beyond much needed rain and breezy conditions.

Otherwise this system moves east quickly Friday night and Saturday is looking mainly dry. Urban flooding can occur even though much of the Southeast states could stand more rain due to ongoing drought conditions.

Although this is still relatively far out, generally, this could be a significant system as far as rain is concerned.

As we get closer to the end of hurricane season, we focus our attention to the western Gulf for possible development later this week. It will likely become Tropical Storm Nestor over the next couple of days.

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