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Forecasters closely monitoring the tropics for possible next storm development

May 28, 2019 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

The southern Gulf of Mexico may serve as the breeding ground for another tropical storm to form near June 1, the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season.

On the heels of short-lived Subtropical Storm Andrea, there are indications that another storm may take shape at the end of May or start of June.

Instead of near Bermuda as was the case with Andrea, AccuWeather meteorologists are keeping a close eye on the southern Gulf of Mexico for potential development.

“A large counterclockwise wind pattern, called a gyre, has set up over Central America,” according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

“There is the chance for some tropical development due to this gyre in the southern or southwestern Gulf of Mexico toward the end of next week into early June,” he stated.

The water in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico are warmer than normal, which could cause any system that forms to then strengthen into a tropical storm.

The next named storm in the Atlantic Basin will be called Barry.

“If there are any impacts on the Gulf Coast of the United States, it would not be until next weekend (June 1-2),” Kottlowski said.

If indications continue to point toward a tropical system forming, its strength and what areas may be at risk for flooding rain, wind and rough surf will become clearer in the coming days. Factors that could affect both strength and track, such as the formation and movement of other weather features, first must be ironed out.

“It is just as possible that a ridge of high pressure holds strong next week and prevents any tropical development in the Gulf of Mexico,” according to Kottlowski.

Another scenario is that the tropical system forms earlier over the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

Download the free AccuWeather app to remain aware of any tropical threats. Keep checking back for updates on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.

“In the meantime, there are no tropical threats for the Gulf Coast of the U.S. brewing for the Memorial Day holiday weekend,” Kottlowski said. However, residents of the southeastern U.S. will instead have to endure a heat wave and take the necessary precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses when partaking in holiday festivities.

As the official start to hurricane season and the prospect of the second named tropical storm looms, residents all along the Gulf Coast of the U.S. and Mexico, as well as other locations prone to hurricanes are urged to have a plan in place in case the worst occurs this hurricane season.

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