Tropical system forms in the Florida straits


NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Satellite wind data indicate that low pressure located in the Straits of Florida is producing squalls of 30 to 35 mph east of its center.

If the system’s thunderstorm activity persists or increases in organization, it could result in the formation of a tropical depression later today or Saturday.

However, even if a depression forms, upper-level winds are not favorable for significant development while the system moves westward into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.

This system could produce squalls and gusty winds in the Florida Keys tonight and Saturday.

The system has a 40 percent chance of forming within 48 hours and a 40 percent chance of formation over the next five days.

WGNO Meteorologist Martha Spencer says if this system does develop, it will have a difficult time moving and strengthening into the Gulf due to a lot of wind shear that is presently in place.