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Odds increasing for new tropical system to form

Watching potential for tropical activity near the Yucatan Peninsula. Watching potential for tropical activity near the Yucatan Peninsula.
Up to a medium chance for a new tropical system to form near the Yucatan Peninsula by this weekend or early next week. Up to a medium chance for a new tropical system to form near the Yucatan Peninsula by this weekend or early next week.
Expect no tropical threats to the Mississippi Gulf Coast over the next five days. But, monitor the latest forecast in case of any changes. Expect no tropical threats to the Mississippi Gulf Coast over the next five days. But, monitor the latest forecast in case of any changes.
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

A low pressure system near the west Caribbean Sea and Yucatan Peninsula now has a better chance to become Tropical Depression Two or Tropical Storm Bret this weekend or early next week, according to a Thursday tropical update.

Odds for tropical development in the western Caribbean Sea have gone up from a low chance to a medium chance according to the National Hurricane Center on Thursday.

"A complex area of low pressure is expected to form over the northwestern Caribbean Sea and the adjacent Yucatan peninsula by the weekend," read the NHC statement. "Conditions appear to be favorable for some development of this system while it moves slowly northwestward toward the southern Gulf of Mexico by early next week."

While the WLOX Weather Team is also watching a separate disturbance much farther away in the eastern Atlantic Ocean near the west African coast, the odds for development with that remain low.

"Whenever there is tropical activity in or near the Gulf, we pay attention," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "We want to make sure there are no threats to the Mississippi Coast. And at this time, there are zero local tropical threats expected. However, there are still several days that could allow for changes in the forecast."

Keep up with the latest updates in the coming days from the WLOX First Alert Weather Team.

Whenever local or tropical weather threatens, our First Alert Weather Team will be the first to let you know with our WLOX Weather App.

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