The newly formed Tropical Depression Five has a “high chance” of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, said the National Hurricane Center early Thursday morning.
The advisory sent out just before 2 a.m. EDT reported that there’s a 70 percent chance that Topical Depression Five will become a tropical cyclone within the next 48 hours and an 80 percent chance that it will become a tropical cyclone during the next five days.
“Regardless of whether or not a tropical cyclone forms … Heavy rains and gusty winds are forecast to spread over western Cuba, the Yucatan peninsula, and Belize during the next day or two,” said the center. “And interests in these areas should monitor the progress of this disturbance.”
Five is projected to move over the southern gulf of Mexico by Friday after reaching the Yucatan Peninsula later today.