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FIRST ALERT: Watching two disturbances in the tropics

Watching two disturbances that could possible develop into tropical systems by this weekend. Watching two disturbances that could possible develop into tropical systems by this weekend.
A disturbance near the west Africa coast has a low chance to develop as it moves west across the open water. A disturbance near the west Africa coast has a low chance to develop as it moves west across the open water.
A disturbance near the western Caribbean could move toward the southwestern Gulf this weekend, a low chance to form into a tropical system. A disturbance near the western Caribbean could move toward the southwestern Gulf this weekend, a low chance to form into a tropical system.
During the month of June, we typically see activity take place in or near the Gulf instead of far away from home. During the month of June, we typically see activity take place in or near the Gulf instead of far away from home.
June typically brings storms closer to home, but they tend to be weaker. June typically brings storms closer to home, but they tend to be weaker.
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

Two weather disturbances could possibly develop into tropical systems by this weekend, according to the latest from the National Hurricane Center.

One of the areas to watch is in the western Caribbean. The other area is in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

The disturbance in the east Atlantic was located far away on Wednesday morning, near the west African coast. This strong tropical wave located well south of the Cabo Verde Islands is expected to move westward, with a low chance for development over the next five days, as reported by the NHC on Wednesday.

"Since the system near the west African coast is more than a two-week distance away from the Gulf of Mexico, there's no reason to get worked up over it," WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams said on Wednesday. "There will be plenty of time to track this disturbance into next week if it even develops at all."

Closer to home, another tropical disturbance is being monitored with a low chance for development in the western Caribbean. A broad area of low pressure could form there by this weekend, moving slowly northwest toward the southwestern Gulf of Mexico where it could become a tropical system by some time early next week, according to a Wednesday NHC statement.

"We're in a wait-and-see mode right now," Williams said.

"Overall, there are no immediate tropical threats to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. But, we will certainly be paying attention to the Gulf this weekend watching any possible developments closely."

With tropical activity already picking up this hurricane season, make sure you are prepared in case we ever see a threat.

Click here to head to our Hurricane Center which is helpful when prepping for tropical weather.

In the coming days, new details will become available about this potential for tropical development. So, stay tuned to the WLOX First Alert Weather Team for continued updates on the tropics this week.

You can be the first to know the latest on the tropics by downloading our WLOX First Alert Weather App. Our weather team sends updates each day with that app regarding any tropical or local weather threats.

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