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Rainy weekend ahead as Gulf storm organizes, forecasters say

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Sandy Nunez | 10 July, 2019, 04:57

The low is now located over the Florida Panhandle and moving into the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.

Heavy rain is expected in New Orleans this weekend as showers over the Florida Panhandle are moving into the Gulf of Mexico and developing into stronger storm system, the National Hurricane Center warned Tuesday morning.

Florida's Division of Emergency Management is bracing for the potential growth of a storm system expected to move south into the Gulf of Mexico later this week, with particular attention given to Panhandle counties impacted by Hurricane Michael past year. "And that low's just going to meander along the northern Gulf Coast and drifting westward".

The main impact, most likely, will be heavy rain, rough surf/rip tides and gusty winds.

If the depression's winds reach 39 miles per hour, it would become Tropical Storm Barry. Winds around the approaching low pressure system will begin to funnel even more tropical moisture into the state.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted an advisory to residents in North and Central Florida to prepare for the possibility of heavy rains and flooding. Instead the theory was that a surface boundary could linger over the area, setting off rain and storms periodically. However, there's a system moving into the Gulf of Mexico that could change the weather pattern.

Regardless of development, the disturbance will likely mean a soggy week for the Panhandle and parts of Florida's Peninsula.

Flooding persisted along numerous major river systems and their tributaries across the central US, including the central and lower Mississippi River, the Missouri River and the Illinois River.

There is still quite a bit of uncertainty in the long term forecast for this system.

NHC senior hurricane specialist Eric Blake said that while this type of system happens "every so often" it's "not historically a particularly predictable genesis mechanism".