Gulf low could develop into named storm - FOX 13 News

Gulf low could develop into named storm

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

A combination of high wind shear and warm temperatures are helping the development of a named tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico.

It's likely the batch of showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop, but the path of the system is unknown in its current stage, with some models on MyFoxHurricane.com indicating it could turn toward our area.

"I've found two distinct circulations, the first one is just to the northwest of Cuba, and even further northwest of that," FOX 13 meteorologist Dave Osterberg said.

Hurricane experts are expected to send a plane out to investigate the area Friday, Osterberg said.

Regardless, expect plenty of rain over the weekend in the Tampa Bay area, including thunderstorms and gusty winds.

We'll continue to watch the development of the low, which could soon become Debby – the fourth named storm of the season.

"This will at least be a tropical depression, maybe not today but by tomorrow," Osterberg said. "From there, the computer models are truly all over the place. The latest models bring it back to Florida, while the others bring it further out into the Gulf of Mexico."

LINK: Track the system on MyFoxHurricane.com

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