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Tropical storm potential to increase in Gulf of Mexico, western Caribbean into next week

By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
October 03, 2017, 12:40:05 PM EDT

One or two tropical systems may develop over the next 10 days from the central Gulf of Mexico to the central Caribbean Sea.

Because of the proximity to land, people may have little time to react and prepare for a tropical storm or hurricane.

AccuWeather meteorologists are homing in on an area for tropical development late this week into early next week.

“A tropical system may bud near or just north of the Yucatan Peninsula,” according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

The next name on the list of tropical storms in the Atlantic for 2017 is Nate.

“Any feature that develops in this area is likely to drift in a general northward direction and over the Gulf of Mexico,” Kottlowski said.

Should a storm form and drift in the area aforementioned, Gulf Coast areas from Florida to Alabama, Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana could be at risk for damaging winds, coastal flooding, rough surf and beach erosion by early next week.

“Should the system develop just east of the Yucatan Peninsula,…

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