Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Tampa Bay Weather

Low pressure system in gulf has "medium" chance of strengthening into tropical or subtropical system this week

ST. PETERSBURG — Clouds, showers and thunderstorms in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico could strengthen into a tropical or subtropical storm affecting Florida in the next few days, National Hurricane Center forecasters predicted Sunday.

In a 3:40 p.m. notice, forecasters said the system near western Cuba is expected to move slowly north in the next few days. The NHC gives a 30 percent chance of cyclone forming within 48 hours, and a 40 percent chance of formation by Friday.

Whether a cyclone forms or not, parts of Florida and the northeastern Gulf of Mexico can expect "enhanced rainfall" over the next few days. Forecasters will give a second update on the system on Monday morning.

Contact Langston Taylor at 727-893-8659 or [email protected] Follow @langstonitaylor.

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