Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Weather

Forecasters monitor weather system in western Gulf of Mexico; no threat to Florida seen

Forecasters are monitoring a patch of bad weather in the western Gulf of Mexico that at this point appears to pose no danger to Florida.

The area of low pressure was about 40 miles east of Veracruz, Mexico, on Friday morning. The system was moving west-northwest.

Though poorly organized, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said there was a 70 percent chance that the system grows into a tropical depression before reaching the coast of eastern Mexico later Friday.

An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft was scheduled to investigate the system Friday afternoon.

The disturbance could produce heavy rains, flash floods and mud slides over portions of eastern Mexico over the next few days, forecasters said.

No forecast models show the storm moving east toward Florida.

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