The National Hurricane Center says a tropical system is likely to form over near the Yucatan peninsula soon and move into the Gulf of Mexico over the next few days.
For now, the local National Weather Office in Slidell says there is no immediate threat to southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi.
Here's the latest from the NHC as of Saturday morning:
Northwestern Caribbean Sea and Eastern Gulf of Mexico:
Shower and thunderstorm activity continues to show signs of organization in association with an area of low pressure located near the Yucatan Channel. Environmental conditions appear conducive for further development of this system, and a tropical depression is likely to form within the next day or two while it moves generally northward over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. Interests in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, western Cuba, and Florida should monitor the progress of this system.
- Formation chance through 48 hours...high...70 percent.
- Formation chance through 7 days...high...90 percent.