Tropical Depression 19 could menace Southwest Mississippi as Tropical Storm Sally early next week. Meanwhile, a tropical disturbance that formed over the Gulf of Mexico Friday afternoon sits due south of the area but had little chance of forming in a major threat over the next few days.
Tropical Depression 19 was sitting on southeast Florida’s doorstep about 80 miles out from Miami on Friday afternoon, with sustained winds of 35 mph,
A tropical storm watch was issued for parts of southeastern Florida.
The storm was moving about 8 mph toward the center of the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to move toward land by Monday.
The tropical depression is expected to bring about 1 to 3 inches of rain and as much as 5 inches in some areas across central and southern Florida.
The depression was expected to become a tropical storm over the weekend, make landfall and dump heavy rain over parts of Florida as well as Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and eastern Texas.
The center of the storm was projected to reach Southwest Mississippi as a tropical depression on Wednesday afternoon.
The latest weather development comes as six tropical systems, including tropical storms Paulette and Rene, were in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
While the depression and disturbance come toward the Gulf, Tropical Storm Paulette was projected to become a hurricane over the weekend and head toward the Eastern United States before turning away from land completely.