In their latest advisory, National Hurricane Center forecasters said the low pressure system became better organized overnight and is expected to head toward Nicaragua and arrive in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday.
The system is expected to move northwestward near Nicaragua and Honduras before moving into the northwestern Caribbean Sea by Friday.
The Air Force Reserve's Hurricane Hunters are scheduled to take a closer look at the system this afternoon.
Given all of these factors, it is nearly a given that this will become a tropical storm; the question is where the ceiling lies for its strength.
After that it's highly uncertain where it could go - except north. The system may be a hurricane by the time it approaches the northern Gulf region, and is forecast to reach 80 miles per hour peak winds before possible landfall. The storm would be back to tropical depression status - so much weaker - but would still likely be quite disruptive to your Sunday and Monday plans.More news: Indian rape guru's 'daughter' arrested after TV appearance
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Bottom line: We're still a bit too far out to determine potential impacts for states in the gulf, but early signs are boding well for Texas.
Squally weather blanketing South Florida Wednesday is not related to the storm, but part of another system over west Cuba and the Florida straits.
The Atlantic basin includes the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. On the Gulf Coast, areas including Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and southeastern Louisiana could be impacted.
The system is forecast to dump heavy rain on Central America as it moves northwest before entering the Gulf of Mexico this weekend.
Remember hurricane season continues through the end of November and the NHC is monitoring two areas of concern.
You can monitor both systems along with updates to your local forecast on our WBRC weather app.