Aug 15, 2013 8:53 AM by Dave Baker
Tropical Depression #5 was upgraded to Tropical Storm Erin early Thursday morning with winds at 40mph. The tropical storm will continue on a westward track over the next several days remaining a tropical storm according to the National Hurricane Center's forecast. Erin was located near the Cape Verde Islands over the far eastern Atlantic Ocean.
Another disturbance near the Yucatan Peninsula is gradually getting better organized. This disturbance may interact with land tonight and tomorrow which could inhibit its development. Forecast models indicate this disturbance may drift into the southern Gulf of Mexico and could become a tropical depression or tropical storm over the next few days. A trough digging across the eastern part of the United States could draw this system northward toward the Florida panhandle or along the Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama Gulf coast.