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National Hurricane Center: Disturbances in Atlantic, Gulf latest threatening to develop

Ashley White
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring two new tropical systems, including a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico that could form into a tropical depression and may threaten the Gulf Coast. 

As Alabama and Florida begin to recover from Hurricane Sally's catastrophic impact with high winds and record flooding, the tropics remain particularly active with seven systems now under observation by the National Hurricane Center.

The latest Gulf system is in the southwestern area near Mexico and is producing showers and thunderstorms. Upper-level winds are expected to become more conducive for developing, allowing a tropical depression to form later this week or over the weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center.

While it is too soon to determine where the storm's possible track, KLFY Meteorologist Chris Cozart forecast the system to be more of a threat to Mexico or Texas. But he warned Louisianans and others along the Gulf Coast not to completely discount it.  

Another system off the coast of Africa is likely to develop into a tropical depression in the next few days. Environmental conditions are favorable for development and it's moving west at 10-15 mph on a path moving toward the Caribbean, according to the hurricane center. 

The system's projected path brings it closer to the Caribbean over the next five days.

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring multiple disturbances, including one in the Gulf of Mexico and one that could impact the Caribbean, as seen in the five-day graphical outlook issued Wednesday afternoon.

The storms are part of seven systems being monitored by the hurricane center, four of which have been named storms — Paulette, Sally, Teddy and Vicky. Hurricane Sally made landfall Wednesday at Gulf Shores, Alabama, and is bringing massive amounts of rain and flooding to Alabama and Florida. 

There is only one name left on the official list of Atlantic storm names, but about two and half months left in the official season. 

2020 Hurricane names:There's only one name left on the list. Next up: The Greek alphabet.

Only Wilfred is left on the list of 21 storm names pre-approved for the season by the World Meteorological Organization.

Track the tropical storms here

Once the hurricane center assigns that last name on the list, it will move into the Greek alphabet. That's only happened once before. The hyperactive 2005 season wound up using six Greek names: Tropical Storm Alpha, Hurricane Beta, Tropical Storm Gamma, Tropical Storm Delta, Hurricane Epsilon and Tropical Storm Zeta.

If Wilfred forms, it's likely to be the earliest "W" storm on record.

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