Here's what we know, don't know about the tropical system in the Gulf

By Justin Stapleton - KPRC Weekend Meteorologist
KPRC

HOUSTON - The brewing storm in the southern Gulf of Mexico has been upgraded to Potential Tropical Storm #16, soon to become Tropical Depression or Tropical Storm NESTOR sometime later today or tonight. 

Here's what we know: 

The storm will NOT be a threat to the Texas coastline. A dry offshore flow will help block the disturbance from moving too close to the Texas coastline.

An area of high pressure in the Tennessee Valley will shift east into the Mid-Atlantic allowing for the storm to tug towards the eastern Gulf Coast states by this weekend. 

What we don't know:

  • Exactly when the storm will form or eventual strength and landfall, however, initial tracks make landfall as a tropical storm along the Florida Panhandle Saturday morning.  
  • Where exactly it will end up, although most models are agreeing for much of the heavy rain to push into anywhere from Louisiana to the FL Panhandle starting tomorrow through Saturday 
  • While impacts appear to be minimal for the Texas coastline, there is a chance we could see some minor rain chances along the south coast tomorrow 

Be sure to continue to monitor updates from our weather team online, on our social media accounts and in the Hurricane Headquarters here at Click2houston.com.

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