a broad area of low pressure located a couple hundred miles south of
the louisiana coast is producing a large area of cloudiness...
thunderstorms...and gusty winds over the eastern and central gulf
upper-level winds are forecast to become more conducive
for development...and this system could become a tropical
depression during the next day or so.
a noaa hurricane hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the area later this afternoon.
this system has a high chance...80 percent...of becoming a tropical
cyclone during the next 48 hours as it moves slowly northwestward.
interests along the entire northern gulf of mexico coast should
monitor the progress of this disturbance.