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Tropical depression forms in the Bay of Campeche

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Posted at 4:20 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 19:31:09-04

On the first official day of the Atlantic hurricane season, the third system of the year, Tropical Depression 3, has formed in the Bay of Campeche in the extreme Southwestern Gulf of Mexico.

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This system is expected to become Tropical Storm Cristobal (pronounced krees-TOH-bahl) Tuesday,

The depression/storm is expected by the National Hurricane Center to meander in the Bay of Campeche and near Mexico for the next 3-4 days before a more definitive system begins to emerge and build northward late in the week.

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While it remains quite uncertain at this time, this tropical system could pose a tide and heavy rain threat from Louisiana to Texas mainly late this coming weekend and perhaps for several days to follow.

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While the odds are low, there is some lower end hurricane potential with this system with the Hurricane Center projecting a 60 mph storm in the Central Gulf 5 days from now, and with another couple of days over open water thereafter.

Meanwhile, in the near term for Acadiana, expect another partly to mostly cloudy and warm day for our Tuesday with a very slight chance of a shower or storms primarily during the afternoon hours.

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A better chance of afternoon storms is expected Wednesday with scattered afternoon activity expected to stay with us through the end of the week.

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Thereafter the risk of heavier rains and whatever comes with a tropical storm may enter or local forecast...see the KATC 10 Day forecast for the latest.

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