Maximum sustained winds of the storm were reported at 80 miles per hour with higher gusts. Weather Underground said some models show the storm could strengthen to a hurricane before landfall. This area of low pressure has a high likelihood of becoming an organized, named system before the weekend is over. While not now a significant threat to the United States, there is growing interest in what happens to this potential development when it moves into the Gulf of Mexico early next week. The sea surface temperatures are also quite warm, potentially further aiding in the system's development.
Tropical Storm Leslie is still sitting in the Atlantic Ocean, and its latest predicted track is forecast to stay away from the U.S.
An extensive area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms is expected to move into the western Caribbean Sea in coming days.
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"Residents and others with interests along the central or northeastern Gulf Coast should closely monitor the progress of the storm", Accuweather said in a forecast tonight. Once there, conditions will become a bit more conducive for tropical development, and a tropical depression or tropical storm is expected to form.
Even if a tropical cyclone doesn't form, tropical moisture will move north and northeastward in the Gulf of Mexico.