Weekend Rains Expected as Gulf System Develops

Forecasters are calling for storms and potential flooding locally, and they're keeping an eye on what could become Tropical Storm Debby in the Gulf of Mexico.

The local weekend forecast calls for rain — lots of it — while the National Hurricane Center monitors the development of a storm system in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The system is currently swirling off the Yucatan Peninsula and shows high potential for becoming a tropical cyclone over the weekend, according to the hurricane center. Rip current advisories are in effect along the Gulf coast this weekend.

From the National Hurricane Center website:

"Circulation associated with the broad surface low located just north of the Yucatan Peninsula has become a little better defined.

"While the shower and thunderstorm activity has changed little in organization, environmental conditions appear conducive for a tropical depression to form. This system has a high chance, 70 percent, of becoming a tropical cyclone.

"Interests along the Gulf Coast should monitor the progress of this disturbance through the weekend. Heavy rains and localized flooding are possible across the Yucatan Peninsula, Western Cuba and southern Florida through Saturday."

The local forecast for Clearwater calls for showers through the weekend, with noticeable wind kicking up Saturday evening and lasting into next week. Highs are projected in the mid-80s this weekend.

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