We are monitoring two areas of potential tropical genesis. One is close to the U.S. in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and started off as a broad, non-tropical low pressure system over the weekend around southern Florida and the Bahamas. This system could acquire tropical characteristics soon, though, and become either a tropical depression or storm within the next 48 hours, which is what most of the tropical forecast data indicates.
The track of this low appears to be headed for the Louisiana-Mississippi coast on Thursday.
The second area of shower and storm activity we are watching is in the central Atlantic and could also organize and strengthen into a tropical system soon. However, the track of that low will likely remain in the open Atlantic Ocean and not impact the U.S. The next tropical storm of the season will be named Danielle.