Forecasts suggest the storm could become a hurricane on Sunday morning and reach Category 2 strength by Monday morning.
A hurricane watch has gone into effect for Bermuda as Tropical Storm Paulette moved northward over the Central Atlantic on Saturday and should bring hazardous conditions to the British Overseas Territory by Sunday night.
There are now multiple storm systems swirling through the tropics. Additional strengthening is anticipated and Paulette is forecast to become a hurricane later today.
Interests elsewhere along the northern Gulf Coast should monitor the progress of this system.
Regardless of development, this system is expected to bring locally heavy rainfall to our area, especially along the northeast gulf coast later this weekend and into early next week. One, located in the western Gulf of Mexico, has a low (30%) chance of development over the next five days as it travels toward the Bay of Campeche.
Another trough of low pressure has developed over the north-eastern Gulf of Mexico and is producing a few disorganized showers and thunderstorms. There is also one more tropical wave just pushing off Africa that has a 50% chance of formation the next several days.
As well, many models have this particular disturbance intensifying into a major hurricane, taking a westward track toward the Caribbean. The other wave has a 40% chance of development. But at this time we see no specific threats to the Gulf of Mexico.
Another factor that comes into play is that we typically have less wind shear in the pattern this time of year.
We're right in the height of the storm season now.
"Dangerous impacts from storm surge, wind and heavy rainfall will be possible along the Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle to Southeastern Louisiana this weekend and early next week", weather officials say.