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Tropical storm likely; so is eventual path somewhere into the Gulf of Mexico

The National Hurricane Center initiated advisories for Tropical Depression 25 on Friday morning.

The system is likely become a tropical storm within the next 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service.

Starting out in the western Caribbean, it is forecast to cross the Yucatan Peninsula this weekend and be in the Bay of Campeche or southern Gulf of Mexico early next week.

Warning Coordination Meteorologist Roger Erickson said long-range forecasts show this system moving slowly for much of next week in the southern Gulf of Mexico.

“Stay tuned as we monitor this system through next week to see if it will be a threat to the U.S. at some point,” Erickson said.