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.
Low pressure moving northward through the eastern Gulf of Mexico could acquire some subtropical or tropical characteristics during the next few days. Regardless of development, rainfall will be enhanced across FL and the NE Gulf Coast https://t.co/NERCKLZFZm pic.twitter.com/V4velcIUb8— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) May 13, 2018
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