First potential tropical system located in the Southwestern Gulf of Mexico

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The Weather Authority is tracking a broad area of low pressure over the Bay of Campeche with winds of 35-40 mph occurring over the southern Gulf of Mexico.

According to the National Hurricane Center, a tropical depression or tropical storm is likely to form by midweek while the low moves slowly west-northwestward toward the western Gulf coast.

According to the Weather Authority, the system will have no impact on Southwest Florida.

Regardless of development, several more days of heavy rainfall are expected across portions of southern Mexico and Central America, and these rains are likely to cause flooding and flash flooding.

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is currently en route to investigate the system.

Formation chance through 48 hours is currently 70%.

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