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NHC monitoring 3 areas with chances of tropical development; 1 could become a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico

Invest 99-L is likely to develop in the Gulf of Mexico and could become the season's next hurricane.

TAMPA, Fla. — The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is monitoring three areas for tropical development — two of them are likely to become a depression or a storm within the next five days.

Let's start with Invest 99-L. As of Thursday morning, the disturbance is still disorganized, lacking a closed circulation. A broad area of low pressure is expected to form over the western Caribbean Sea by late Thursday or Friday.

Global models develop the storm into a potential hurricane by the weekend, with a potential landfall near Louisiana. The exact track and intensity will likely change, so all interests in the north Gulf of Mexico should watch this storm closely. 

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The NHC gives the disturbance a 90 percent chance of development within the next 48 hours.

It does not look like it will have impact in Tampa Bay.

The next disturbance is Invest 97-L. It resides over the central tropical Atlantic about 600 miles southeast of Bermuda. It's expected to develop into a tropical depression by late this week or weekend.

Invest 97-L is expected to move northeast away from the United States. 

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The NHC gives the disturbance a 40 percent chance of development within the next 48 hours but a 70 percent chance over the next five days.

Finally, a tropical wave in the far eastern tropical Atlantic located about 1,000 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing a disorganized area of showers and thunderstorms, according to the NHC. 

It's possible the system will develop some over the next few days as it moves west-northwestward over the eastern tropical Atlantic. 

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From there, however, upper-level winds make it less conducive for the system to develop. The NHC gives it a 40 percent chance of development over the next 48 hours and a 50 percent chance over the next five days. 

The next storm names on the list are Ida, Julian and Kate. 

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. The "peak" of the season falls on Sept. 10.