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Tropical storm could enter Gulf of Mexico by Friday

Published: Aug. 9, 2021 at 3:38 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2021 at 5:40 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Disturbance 6 has formed in the Atlantic Ocean and could enter the southeastern Gulf of Mexico as a Tropical Storm by Friday or Saturday.

Disturbance 6 could become a tropical storm. The next name on the list is Fred.

The National Hurricane Center located the storm about 165 miles ESE of Dominica and 205 miles SE of Guadeloupe. Maximum sustained winds were 35mph as of 4 p.m. The storm is tracking WNW at 15 mph.

Disturbance #6 is forecast to become Fred. It could be in the Southeast Gulf of Mexico later...
Disturbance #6 is forecast to become Fred. It could be in the Southeast Gulf of Mexico later this week going into the weekend. It's just a watch and monitor situation right now for Southeast Louisiana and Mississippi right now.(WVUE)

Tropical Storm Watches have been issued for Guadeloupe, Martinique, Dominica, Dominican Republic, and Peurto Rico.

The system is expected to move through a portion of the southern Leeward Islands Monday night, pass near or over the U.S. Virgin Islands and Peurto Rico late Tuesday, and near or over Hispanola on Wednesday.

The NHC has given Disturbance 6 a high chance of developing into a tropical storm over the next 48 hours.

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