Hurricane hunters are scheduled to investigate the Bay of Campeche in the extreme southwestern Gulf of Mexico for tropical development on Sunday (Aug. 25) as a low pressure area moves over the area.
The National Hurricane Center said the broad area of low pressure was producing a large area of disorganized of showers and thunderstorms that could organize into a tropical cyclone within the next 48 hours.
"Environmental conditions appear conducive for development during the next day or so and a tropical depression could form before the system reaches the coast of the state of Veracruz Mexico on Monday," the NHC said.
This system was given a high chance and or 60 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or the sixth named storm (Fernand) during the next five days.
An Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter plane will dispatch from Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi Sunday morning and will arrive in the system this afternoon for investigation.
Whether this system develops into a tropical storm or not, it is not expected to impact the Gulf Coast region from Texas to Florida.
It is forecast to continue to move westward into the east coast of Mexico. Interests in the state of Veracruz are being advised to closely monitor the progress of this potential tropical cyclone.
The Atlantic basin is in its most active period for tropical storms and hurricanes leading up to the peak of the season in early September.
With five named storms down, the NHC expects at least eight to 14 more including six to nine hurricanes before the hurricane season ends on Nov. 30.