Tropical disturbance could become second storm of Atlantic hurricane season

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MIAMI, United States, Monday June 15, 2015 – Weather forecasters are monitoring a tropical disturbance that has big potential to become a tropical storm – the second for the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season – later this week.

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) says there is an 80 per cent chance that the broad area of low pressure over Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula could develop into Tropical Storm Bill.

Over the weekend, those chances stood at just 40 per cent.

“Upper-level winds are forecast to gradually become more favourable while this system moves northwestward during the next day or two across the western Gulf of Mexico, and a tropical depression or tropical storm could form during that time,” it said.

A hurricane hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the system later this morning.

“Interests in and along the northwestern Gulf of Mexico should monitor the progress of this system. Regardless of tropical cyclone formation, tropical storm conditions are possible along portions of the middle and upper Texas coast and the western Louisiana coast Monday night and Tuesday. There is also a risk of heavy rainfall and possible flooding across portions of eastern Texas and western Louisiana,” the NHC added.

There has already been one named tropical system this year – Tropical Storm Ana – which formed off the US East Coast in the first week in May, three weeks before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season which runs from June 1 to November 30.

Ana made landfall in South Carolina on May 10, with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour. It dumped heavy rains on the coast and also brought with it storm surges, but there was no major damage.

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