Jackson, MISS. (WJTV) – Storm Team 12 is now confident that a tropical depression or tropical storm will likely form over the next day or two. Humberto is the next name on the list. The storm is currently east of Florida, but is forecast to slowly move northwest into this weekend. It could possibly then enter the Gulf of Mexico, though the exact forecast is still uncertain. A Hurricane Hunter aircraft will take observations this afternoon in the storm which should help clarify the forecast.
Because uncertainty is high, it is still too early to determine if the storm could enter the Gulf of Mexico. Right now, a Gulf storm looks to remain on the weaker side. This weak tropical storm could make landfall anywhere from Houston to the Big Bend of Florida, so you’ll want to stay tuned this weekend for updates. If the storm takes a more easterly track, towards the Carolinas, a stronger hurricane could be possible.
As always, be sure to stay with Storm Team 12 for frequent updates on this system. A forecast cone will likely be issued soon from the National Hurricane Center. Of course, we will alert you to any further updates on this system.