Setting aside Tropical Storm Katia, which is expected to become the second hurricane of the 2011 season later today in the eastern Atlantic, concern is growing over the possibility of a named storm developing in the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend.
A large area of thunderstorms in the Northwest Caribbean moving slowly west northwest toward the Gulf of Mexico has been forecast by various models over the last several days to potentially develop into the 12th named (Lee) storm of the season.
The National Hurricane Center has given the area of disturbed weather a medium or 30 percent chance of developing over the next few days as it moves over the warm Central and Western Gulf of Mexico.
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It is not certain what part of the Western or Central Gulf Coast this system will target if it develops but everyone is strongly advised to monitor the latest developments as they become available.
The hurricane threat to Mississippi and surrounding areas typically increases dramatically from late August into early September.
The National Hurricane Center is expecting up to a total of 19 named storms to form in the Atlantic Basin by season ends November 30th with seven to 10 becoming hurricanes.