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“People in Texas and Louisiana need to stay abreast of this developing weather event”

The National Hurricane Center has increased the chances for tropical development to a medium 60 percent in the Caribbean and southwestern Gulf of Mexico.

A forecast tract released by the National Weather Service.

A broad area of low pressure is expected to form over the southwestern Caribbean Sea later this week from a tropical wave currently located over the central Caribbean Sea, according to the National Weather Service.

Environmental conditions are forecast to be conducive for development of the low, and a tropical depression could form late this week or this weekend while the system moves northwestward over the northwestern Caribbean Sea, across the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, and into the southwestern Gulf of Mexico by Sunday.

Warning Coordination Meteorologist Roger Erickson said elevated tides and above normal rain chances are expected this weekend into early next week in Texas and Louisiana.

It is too early to know specifically where it will make landfall or how strong it will be.

People in Texas and Louisiana need to stay abreast of this developing weather event, Erickson said.