All eyes on the Gulf

By: Nick Ortego

Update: 8:15 am- There's been little change in the structure of TD 5 overnight.  At this moment the tropical area contains unimpressive convection.  However, the NHC believes the cyclone has the appropriate structure to support redevelopment later this afternoon.  Most of the reliable models predict that the Gulf coast region will be dealing with a minimal tropical storm at landfall.  Nevertheless, the HWRF model is predicting the cyclone will reach Cat 1 hurricane strength just before landfall.

(WDAM)- Tropical Depression 5 formed in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday evening and appears to be on track to bring rain to the Pine Belt as early as Wednesday.   The National Hurricane Center promptly issued a Tropical Storm warning from Intracoastal City, LA to Destin, FL.  This warning includes Mississippi's three coastal counties.

As of late Tuesday night, TD 5 did not have a well defined center of circulation when looking at it on satellite.  TD 5 is also moving NW at a slow 6 miles per hour.  However, the forecast is for the storm to strengthen to Tropical Storm Danielle before landfall.  It's also expected that TD 5's forward motion will gain steam as it approaches the coast.

This tropical system appears to be more of a rain threat than a wind threat for the Pine Belt.  Once this storm makes landfall it will likely weaken quickly, but may continue to drag gulf moisture over the Pine Belt for a few days.

As this storm progresses you can track it with our Hurricane Tracker.  See it with our Satellite.  Plus, predict along with us using our online Tropical FutureCast

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