First major storm of the season scheduled to enter the Gulf of Mexico this weekend

By Phaedra Friend Troy

There is a chance that the tropical disturbance that is currently threatening Jamaica, Cuba and Puerto Rico with strong winds and heavy rains may become a tropical cyclone over the weekend, with the storm entering the Gulf of Mexico by Saturday. WATCH NOW

“We are tracking tropical disturbance 13 located 120 miles southeast of the eastern tip of Jamaica,” reported ImpactWeather meteorologist Lauren Whisenhunt. “It is moving off toward the west-northwest at around 10 miles per hour.” 

Look to PennEnergy’s Global Offshore Weather Report daily to find out the most up-to-date information about this storm, as well as wind, weather and wave information for the nine busiest offshore regions worldwide.

The National Hurricane Center has stressed that the probability of the weather disturbance becoming a tropical cyclone or hurricane within the next 48 hours is currently 30 percent – a medium threat.

Whisenhunt revealed that there is an increased chance that the storm will become a tropical depression later in the week.

“It should be in the northern Yucatan Peninsula by Friday – and then emerging into the Southern Gulf of Mexico it looks like on Saturday,” said Whisenhunt. “Regardless of development, it will bring showers and thunderstorms to the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Saturday.”

Should the storm threaten the oil spill clean up efforts, vessels and personnel will have to be evacuated to ensure safety. Furthermore, BP is currently working on an enhanced oil spill containment system that will better weather an oncoming hurricane.

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