JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- The First Alert Weather Center is tracking two tropical disturbances in the Atlantic Basin that have the potential to develop. Of greatest concern, is a strong wave in the Northwest Caribbean. This system will move near the Yucatan Peninsula through Thursday night then turn more north crossing the Gulf of Mexico Friday through the weekend. The wave could become a tropical storm with a potential landfall along the Central Gulf Coast this weekend. Anyone with travel plans should stay tuned for the latest forecasts along the I-10 corridor from the Florida Panhandle to New Orleans. Moisture pushing northward to the east of the wave could help bring heavy rain to Jacksonville and surrounding areas. Click ** here
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"Spaghetti plots" (forecast models) courtesy the S. Fl. Water Management District:
Meanwhile...tropical depression #5 has formed over the far Eastern Atlantic. This system could become a tropical storm as it moves west/northwest but early indications are that the wave will encounter increasingly hostile conditions over the Central Atlantic which could cause eventual weakening.