Chances of development high for Gulf tropical disturbance
A tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico now has an 80 percent chance of development within the next 48 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Environmental conditions are favorable for a tropical depression or tropical storm to form over the the southern Gulf of Mexico today or Monday as the system moves slowly northward.
If the area of low pressure becomes a tropical storm, it would be named Michael.
The disturbance will bring torrential rains to part of Central America, the Yucatan peninsula and western Cuba into next week. The chance of formation within the next five days is high at 90 percent.
Rain chances in Palm Beach County will increase Monday to 50 percent, and rise to 60 percent Wednesday. Temperatures will be consistent with highs in the upper 80s and lows in the upper 70s, according to the National Weather Service.
Leslie update — After reaching hurricane strength Wednesday morning, Leslie was again a tropical storm on Saturday. It was 630 miles northeast of Bermuda in the Atlantic.
Leslie is sending large swells to Florida, but is not a direct threat to the United States.
It is notable in that it has undergone multiple transformations and keeps the season above normal in terms of activity.
Leslie is the 12th named storm this season, when the climatological norm is nine. The normal number of hurricanes for this time of year is 4.8, according to Colorado State University.