ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - A tropical depression has an 70 percent chance of forming over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico by the end of the week, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
Forecasters in Miami said a trough of low pressure moved out of Georgia and emerged over Apalachee Bay in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday.
A tropical depression is likely to form by late Wednesday or Thursday while the system moves westward across the northern Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters say the system has the potential to bring heavy rain along the northern and eastern U.S. Gulf, as the system begins to track to the west.
"There's plenty of energy with the warm waters on the Gulf of Mexico. It looks like the tropical low will begin to formulate tonight and during the day tomorrow," said FOX 35/FOX 51 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Richards. "It's still very disorganized, so if it does become a tropical depression it would be during the day on Thursday."
Governor Ron DeSantis took to Twitter to issue weather warnings on Monday.
"We encourage all residents of North and Central Florida to prepare for the possibility of heavy rain and the potential for flooding in low-lying areas."
We encourage all residents in North and Central Florida to prepare for the possibility of heavy rain and the potential for flooding in low-lying areas. Monitor local weather updates and follow preparedness guidelines provided by @FLSERT and @NHC_Atlantic.— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) July 8, 2019
If this system becomes a tropical storm, it would be named Tropical Storm Barry. For the latest in the Atlantic, visit OrlandoHurricane.com.