Conditions are favorable for Gulf hurricane soon

Published: Jul. 10, 2019 at 2:21 PM EDT
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The National Hurricane Center says conditions appear favorable for a weather system in the Gulf of Mexico to strengthen into a hurricane as it approaches the United States coastline by this weekend.

Forecasters said the weather disturbance is expected to become a tropical depression by Thursday morning; a tropical storm by Thursday night and a hurricane on Friday.

Forecasters said parts of the central Gulf Coast could see a total of up to 12 inches of rain, with up to 18 inches in isolated areas.

The center on Wednesday began issuing advisories about the weather system, even though it hasn't yet become a named storm.

Forecasters are calling it "Potential Tropical Cyclone Two."

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