Next tropical depression poised to form over Gulf, aim for US
While a budding tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico will have to fight wind shear and dry air, it has the potential to become Tropical Depression 16 and perhaps Tropical Storm Nestor in the coming days before eyeing Florida.
"Tropical development can occur at any time into Saturday as the system travels northeastward over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico," Dan Kottlowski, AccuWeather hurricane expert, said.
At 10 a.m. CDT Thursday, the National Hurricane Center began issuing advisories for Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixteen, due to the system becoming more organized. Tropical storm warnings are in effect for portions of the northern Gulf Coast of the United States, from the Mississippi-Alabama state border to Yankeetown, Florida.
The feature was producing maximum sustained winds of 40 mph with higher gusts early Friday morning.
Significant wind shear and dry air blown into the storm from the west may be the only factors that prevent the system from rapidly developing into a strong tropical storm or hurricane before it reaches the U.S.
AccuWeather meteorologists project that the center of this feature, whether tropical, subtropical or non-tropical in nature, will head toward the Florida Panhandle and make landfall sometime early Saturday morning.For more information, check the daily Tropical Weather Outlook, click here