Chance of tropical depression or tropical storm developing in Gulf has increased


Cuba and Mexico issued tropical storm alerts Saturday, the National Hurricane Center announced in a 5 p.m. update.

At 11 a.m. Friday, Leslie was packing 65 miles per hour winds and moving north-northwest at 9 miles per hour. As the pattern begins to change, in advance of the tropical system, we will see scattered storms and showers on Monday and Tuesday. The model has the storm passing through SC sometime between Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon as a tropical storm before weakening back to a depression. If this does become a named storm, it will be Tropical Storm Michael.

There remains no threat to land as the hurricane continues to pace around in the open Atlantic waters. A reconnaissance plane will investigate the system on Sunday.

On Saturday, this effect was in play as a broad area of low pressure stretched across Central America - which sometimes can help spin up a storm. By Wednesday, however, environmental conditions are expected to become unfavorable for any significant development to occur.

Over the next five days, forecasters say the system has an 90 percent chance of developing into a cyclone. Temperatures will still stay in the upper 80s, as the upper-level ridge over the southeast will keep warm, gulf air moving inland through the start of the week.

Regardless of name or not, this system will likely be in a good position to send some moisture our way later in the week. This storm could make landfall anywhere from Louisiana to Florida.

The Cayman Islands National Weather Service advised that small craft should exercise caution, as seas will be moderate to rough with waves reaching up to 6 feet.