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Louisiana Weather: Tropical system could develop into tropical depression, threaten Gulf

Ashley White
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

A tropical system off the eastern coast of Florida may develop into a tropical depression as it moves toward the Gulf of Mexico and threatens Louisiana and other areas.

The surface trough of low pressure is near the Bahamas and is producing a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. It's expected to move across the Bahamas and Florida on Friday and move into the eastern Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center. 

It has a 60% chance of developing into a tropical depression in the next five days and move west-northwest over the weekend and into next week. 

Outlooks from the National Hurricane Center showed Friday the storm could threaten the northern Gulf Coast from the very eastern edge of Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. 

The disturbance is one of four being monitored by the National Hurricane Center. Another trough of low pressure in the north-central Gulf is expected to move westward across the Gulf. It has a low chance of developing. 

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring four tropical disturbances and two named storms as of Sept. 11, 2020.

There are two systems off the coast of Africa. One is a large area of disturbed weather associated with a tropical wave. It has a 40% chance of developing int the next five days and is expected to continue to move slowly west across the Atlantic. 

The second system is a few hundred miles south of the Cabo Verde Islands and has a high chance of developing into a tropical depression in the next five days. It is forecast to continue moving west across the eastern and central tropical Atlantic. 

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It is too early to determine whether those systems will impact the Gulf, according to the National Weather Service in Lake Charles. 

All four systems come at the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season when the most tropical activity is expected.  The next named storm of the 2020 season will be Sally. 

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