Potential Tropical Cyclone Fourteen will become Tropical Storm Michael as it lifts north into the Gulf of Mexico early this week. The system appears to be moving northward near 6 miles per hour (9 km/h), and this general motion is expected for the next couple of days. As the pattern begins to change, in advance of the tropical system, we will see scattered storms and showers on Monday and Tuesday. This general motion is expected for the next couple of days.
There remains no threat to land as the hurricane continues to pace around in the open Atlantic waters.
With characteristics to Hurricane Nate, which in 2017 delivered widespread destruction across Central America one year ago before making landfall in Louisiana and MS, a system currently in the Caribbean now has high odds of moving into the Gulf of Mexico and becoming a tropical cyclone, forecasters said in the latest updates. A reconnaissance plane will be investigating the system on Sunday. This area of low pressure has a high likelihood of becoming an organized, named system before the weekend is over. NHC forecasters said that the environmental conditions surrounding the disturbance are favorable for the system to become more defined. 60% chance of development through the next 5 days.
As always stay with WGNO on air and online for the latest. Meanwhile, a storm near the Yucatan Peninsula is worth watching for the Gulf Coast.
Brian McNoldy, a senior research associate at University of Miami's Rosenstiel School, tweeted landfall appears to be around Wednesday somewhere between central Louisiana and the eastern Florida panhandle.