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Good chance of tropical development over Memorial Day weekend

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) — The chance of tropical development in the Gulf of Mexico continues to increase for the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. 

A broad surface low drifting slowly northward over the eastern Yucatan Peninsula will continue to become better defined. With showers, thunderstorms, and strong gusty winds remaining primarily over the northwestern Caribbean Sea, according to the NWS National Hurricane Center.

Environmental conditions are forecasted to become more conducive for tropical development through early next week. 

A subtropical or tropical depression is likely to form by late Saturday over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, forecasters added. The formation chance through the next 48 hours is high — being at 70 percent. Through the next five days, formation chances remain high at 90 percent.

We're told an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the disturbance Friday afternoon, if necessary. 

Locally heavy rainfall is forecast across western Cuba and over much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast into early next week. 

The threat of rip currents will also increase along the Gulf coast from Florida westward to Louisiana over the holiday weekend. 

NWS National Hurricane forecasters are expected to release the next Special Tropical Weather Outlook by 8 p.m. 

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