Development Chance Rises In Gulf, No Direct Threat To Louisiana Expected

Photo: National Hurricane Center

Development chances are increasing for a possible topical system in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, though no direct impact to Louisiana is expected.

"A broad area of low pressure is forecast to form over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico this weekend or early next week," said the National Hurricane Center Thursday. "Environmental conditions appear conducive for gradual development of this system, and a tropical depression could form during the early or middle part of next week while it moves slowly westward or west-northwestward."

It's expected whatever develops will be pushed into Mexico and away from the Gulf Coast, though tropical moisture moving in from the south could increase rain chances in the coming days.

While development chances remain low for an area of low pressure moving into the Atlantic, heavy rainfall remains a threat for the Florida peninsula through late this week.

Non-stop rain has drenched parts of the southern half of the state for days now, including Miami, with totals between 10 to 15 inches.

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PICS/VIDEOS: Cars Submerged As South Florida Floods

Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency after "consequential flooding" in five southern counties.

The governor is urging residents in the area to seek higher ground, and said flooding may impact critical infrastructure in the region.

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