Low pressure system expected to intensify

A broad low pressure system located over the eastern Florida Panhandle is producing disorganized shower activity. The low is forecast to move southward to southwestward and emerge over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico later today.

SOURCE: NHC

A low pressure system is expected to form a tropical cyclone this week as it continues west over the Gulf of Mexico.

As of Tuesday morning, the system remained over the Florida Panhandle but was expected later in the day to enter the Gulf where it could intensify, according to a National Hurricane Center bulletin.

"Once the system is over water, environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for tropical cyclone formation, and a tropical depression is likely to develop by late Wednesday or Thursday while the system moves westward across the northern Gulf of Mexico," the bulletin states.

The system had a 50% chance of forming a tropical cyclone in the next two days and an 80% in the next five days.

"Regardless of whether or not a tropical cyclone forms, this system has the potential to produce heavy rainfall along portions of the northern and eastern U.S. Gulf Coast later this week," according to the hurricane center.

In the meantime, temperatures in the Crossroads were expected to stay hot with slight chances for storms coming later in the week.

Tuesday, the forecasted high was 96 degrees with a 6-13 mph wind and heat index values as high as 108 degrees.

Partly cloudy skies and a low of 77 degrees were expected that night.

Wednesday was to be hot again with a high of 96 degrees and heat index values as hot as 107 degrees.

That night was forecast to bring a low of 77 degrees with mostly clear skies.

Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached jwilcox@vicad.com or 361-580-6515.

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Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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