High chance for tropical development in Gulf

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The storm is forecast to emerge into the northwestern Caribbean Sea on Friday and continue strengthening over the Gulf of Mexico.

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the tropical system sometime Wednesday afternoon.

There's consistency in model data that leads us to believe this system (whether it becomes Tropical Storm Nate or Hurricane Nate) will NOT impact Texas at this time.

Check The Palm Beach Post's live storm tracking map. From there, the storm will begin to make progress to the north and strengthen as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico. While most likely not a major hurricane, we could still deal with tropical weather conditions over the weekend.

Experts have said the system could affect parts of the northern Gulf Coast, including Georgia and possibly Florida, as a hurricane by the weekend - bringing storm surges and heavy rainfall to the area.

A couple of tropical waves warrant close monitoring over the next few days.

At this point, it is too early to tell the strength or path of the system, said John DeBlock, acting meteorologist at the National Weather Service, Birmingham.

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"To stay safe, we urge people to keep checking AccuWeather.com and their AccuWeather apps for the latest developments", Myers said.

Significant development is not expected over the next 48 hours because of strong upper level winds, the forecast says.

In addition to the risk from the current tropical system near Central America, there is another area to watch toward the middle of the month.

The exact timing of a cold front sweeping toward the East Coast will be a huge factor as to the landfall location.

By early Sunday morning, it's possible a hurricane will be spinning just south of the Florida Panhandle.

A disturbance in the southwestern Caribbean Sea is gaining organization.

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