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Tropical depression forms in Atlantic; disturbance gets in Gulf

Posted at 3:46 PM, Jul 21, 2020

The 7th tropical depression of the Atlantic Hurricane Season has formed in the Central Tropical Atlantic.

Tropical Depression #7, with 35 mph winds, is traveling to the west-northwest near 8 mph.

The system is expected to become a tropical storm Wednesday, and if so, the next name on the list is "Gonzalo".

This system is expected toward the Eastern Caribbean with possible impacts there by this weekend.

It remains too early to tell whether this system will survive beyond the Caribbean and/or threaten the Gulf of Mexico at this time.

Elsewhere, and closer to home, a tropical disturbance entering the Southeastern Gulf of Mexico has a medium, 40% chance, of development as it is expected to travel west-northwestward across the Gulf of Mexico through Friday.

This system could become a tropical depression Thursday or Friday as the bulk of the disturbance, and heavy rainfall head toward Texas for Friday into the weekend.

This system should also bring elevated chance of tropical showers and storms to the Acadiana area late Thursday into Friday and likely Saturday.

Some localized heavy rainfall will be possible if the system stays disorganized, while if it develops, heavier rains could remain mostly offshore.

Nonetheless, winds and seas and stormy weather is on tap for offshore Louisiana interests Thursday into Friday.

Elsewhere, another strong tropical wave about to emerge off of the African Coast is expected to have an excellent chance of development in the week ahead.

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