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Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center say there’s a 90 percent chance of a tropical cyclone developing in the Gulf of Mexico within the next five days.

“A broad area of low pressure extending from the Yucatan Peninsula across adjacent portions of the southeastern Gulf of Mexico continues to produce a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms along with winds to gale force several hundred miles east and northeast of the estimated center,” reads a Monday morning dispatch. “While the low still lacks a well-defined center of circulation, gradual development is expected today through Tuesday while it moves across the southern and central Gulf of Mexico, and a tropical or subtropical cyclone is
likely to form.”

If the system does strengthen, it’ll likely become Tropical Storm Cindy, the third named storm of the year. Tropical Storm Arlene formed back in April, nearly two months before the formal start of hurricane season on June 1. Another storm off the northern coast of South America is expected to become Tropical Storm Bret on Monday or Tuesday.

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the Gulf system sometime Monday.

Pensacola city officials said Monday that they are monitoring the storm and taking necessary precautions.

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