Warnings and Watches Issued With Storm on the Horizon

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It has been named Potential Tropical Cyclone Two. Potential tropical cyclone two is east of the Winward Islands, while another area is near the Yucatan Peninsula.

A Hurricane Hunter Reconnaissance Aircraft is scheduled to investigate this system on Sunday, if necessary.

Two separate tropical storms are likely to form in Gulf of Mexico and in the Atlantic over the next couple of days, the National Hurricane Center said. If development occurs, the system would be known as Tropical or Sub-tropical Storm Bret or Cindy, depending on the development of Potential Tropical Cyclone 2, which is approaching the Windward Islands. Some models take the storm to the north-central Gulf Coast, others take it to the west near Texas and Louisiana.

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a pair of systems that could become tropical storms within the next few days. But, we will get a surge of tropical moisture affiliated with this system; boosting our local rain chance.

Satellite analysis shows strong sheer continuing over the Gulf of Mexico which would diminish the chances for a strong storm. This area has a 60% chance of formation in the next 5 days, and is expected to continue moving west northwest at 20 miles per hour. It's pretty disorganized right now but that will likely change as it makes progress over the Yucatan Peninsula and out into the south or central Gulf of Mexico on Monday.

Computer models remain uncertain on the forecast track for Invest 93-L.

A map showing the area encompassing the tropical storm warning issued Monday afternoon. It could also help bring heavy rains to the Tampa Bay area early this week. And even if it only reaches tropical storm strength, anyone who remember 2001's Allison knows that it doesn't have to be a hurricane to wreak havoc on an area.

The tropical Atlantic season looks like it will be getting an early start this year, and that has implications for our own weather the rest of this week.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour (65 km/h) with higher gusts.

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