Weather alert: New tropical depression could soon form in Gulf of Mexico

September 18, 2013 

The tropics, 8 a.m. EDT. National Hurricane Center.

A new tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico could form over the next day or two, the National Hurricane Center said early Wednesday.

Satellite images and radar data from Mexico indicate that cloudiness and showers have become more concentrated near the center of an area of low pressure located over the Yucatan Peninsula," the Hurricane Center said.

The low is expected to move west-northwestward and emerge over the Bay of Campeche later Wednesday, where conditions could help its development into a tropical depression and later in the week, a tropical storm or hurricane in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, according to forecasters.

The system has a 70 percent chance of turning into a cyclone over the next 48 hours, and 80 percent during the next five days, the Hurricane Center said at 2 a.m. EDT.

The disturbance is expected to spread heavy rains over parts of eastern Mexico affected earlier this week by Tropical Storm Ingrid.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Humberto remains in the eastern Atlantic Ocean well to the west-southwest of the Azores.

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