As Hurricane Cristobal moves towards its eventual demise in the north Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center is watching three other potential trouble spots in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and off the coast of Africa.
At 8 a.m. EDT Thursday, forecasters said there is a minimal chance that an are of weak low pressure near the South Texas coast will develop significantly before it moves inland over South Texas and northern Mexico later in the day. The chance of formation was listed at 10 percent during the next two to five days.
Also, a tropical wave located over the eastern Caribbean continues to produce disorganized cloudiness and showers. Upper-level winds are expected to remain unfavorable for development during the next couple of days as the system moves eastward.
"However, environmental conditions could become conducive for some development when the system moves over the northwestern Caribbean Sea on Sunday and into the southwestern Gulf of Mexico early next week," the Hurricane Center said.
The chance of formation during the next five days was listed at 20 percent.
The Hurricane Center is also forecasting that a tropical wave will move off the west coast of Africa on Friday, and that development could happen as it moves westward at 10 to 15 mph across the eastern Atlantic early next week. The chance of formation over the next five days is 30 percent, according to the Hurricane Center.