The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is closely monitoring two areas in the Atlantic basin with high chances of developing into tropical cyclones.
A low pressure area in the northwestern Caribbean Sea and another one near the Cape Verde Islands in the far eastern Atlantic were given on Wednesday (Aug. 14) an 80 percent chance of becoming tropical depressions or tropical storms over the next five days.
"The low pressure system in the northwestern Caribbean Sea is moving toward the west-northwest at 10 mph and is producing wind gusts to gale force in squalls to the east of the center. Associated shower and thunderstorm activity continues to show signs of organization and a tropical depression could form before the disturbance reaches the Yucatan Peninsula on Thursday," the NHC said.
"Showers and thunderstorms continue to organize near the center of a low pressure system located about a hundred miles south-southeast of the Cape Verde Islands, and a tropical depression could form tonight or on Thursday," the NHC added.
The Caribbean system is of immediate concern as it is forecast to enter the Gulf of Mexico by the weekend.
Long range hurricane computer models show this potential tropical system moving inland anywhere from the northern Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Mississippi to the Texas and Mexico coasts.
The hurricane season is now reaching a period of increased tropical activity, which typically begins in mid-August. The peak of the season occurs around Sept. 10.
The latter half of August is historically a very dangerous period for hurricane strikes along the Mississippi coast.
All coastal residents are strongly advised to stay updated on the latest weather information as it becomes available and to be prepared to evacuate in case a potential storm or hurricane impacts your area.