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Tracking The Tropics: Three Areas To Keep An Eye On, None Are A Threat To South Florida

MIAMI (CBSMiami) - As of Monday morning, there are three areas in the tropics to keep an eye on this week.

One is an area of low pressure in the western Gulf of Mexico, the second area is a low pressure off the coast of the Carolinas, and the third, a tropical wave in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean.

Let's begin with the disturbance in the western Gulf where showers and thunderstorms have become better organized in the Bay of Campeche. The tropical disturbance has not moved much but that is about to change this week.

It is expected to slowly drift north as it moves along Mexico's Gulf coast. By late week, the disturbance is forecast to form into a tropical depression. Regardless of formation, heavy rainfall still threatens areas of Central America, including Mexico, over the next couple of days. By late week the area of concern will shift to the Gulf Coast.

The National Hurricane Center gives the disturbance in the Bay of Campeche a possible development of 60 percent over the next three to five days.

The second area to watch for development is a tropical depression off the coast of North Carolina.

The depression was moving to the northeast, away from the U.S., at about 21 mph.

Lastly, a strong tropical wave just offshore of West Africa has a low chance for development before it runs into dry air aloft due to a plume of Saharan Dust and strong upper-level winds while the wave moves over the central Atlantic Ocean later this week.

These three areas are not a threat to South Florida.

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