SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - The chance has increased to 'high' that a new tropical depression or tropical storm form in the Caribbean Sea this week, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The WLOX First Alert Weather team is tracking a disorganized tropical wave, called Invest 97-L, located around 1,000 miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands that is moving quickly to the west.
Once that tropical wave reaches the Caribbean, it will encounter favorable development conditions and a tropical depression is likely to form this week, according to a Sunday NHC statement.
"It is still too early to call this developing tropical wave a threat to the Gulf Coast region," WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams said on Sunday. "We'll be keeping a close eye on it heading into the upcoming week. But, at this time, it's still a wait-and-see because its future path is highly uncertain."
"97-L, or whatever it develops into, should be located in the central Caribbean Sea by the end of the upcoming work week," Williams went on. "But, beyond that, there's no telling if it will make a north turn toward Florida, continue west toward the Yucatan, or head northwest into the Gulf."
"So, if any tropical threat to the Gulf Coast Region manages to appear at all with this possible system, it would likely not be until after October 4th or 5th," said Williams.
The month of September is known as the Atlantic hurricane season's peak of tropical activity. Hurricane season ends on November 30th.
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