Tracking the Tropics: Watching the southern Gulf
FOX 4 Storm Patrol
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The broad area of low pressure over the northwestern Caribbean Sea
continues to drift northwestward and closer to the Florida Peninsula, moving into the
southern Gulf of Mexico late Wednesday and Thursday. Over the next 48 hours, there
is a 70% chance of becoming a tropical depression.
Southwest Florida is on the eastern side of the disturbance and we do expect
an increase in rain as the system moves further north. Rain chances will be
widespread by Thursday, with a 2-3 inches possible in localized locations over the next few days.
By Friday, the system should continue to move away from Southwest Florida and
rain chances will decrease.
Once the system approaches the northern Gulf of Mexico by the weekend, as most
computer models are indicating, stronger upper level winds will likely limit any additional strengthening.
A Hurricane Hunter aircraft is investigating this system later today. The Storm Patrol will be monitoring the system closely and continue to bring you updated reports.