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All eyes on system in Gulf of Mexico

Potential Tropical Cyclone 16 expected to become next named storm

ORLANDO, Fla. – We're monitoring a blob out in the tropics that could make for a wet weekend in Central Florida.

Pinpointing the tropics

After a rather relaxed few days in the tropics, all eyes are on a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane hunters are investigating the area of disturbed weather in the Bay of Campeche, which the National Hurricane Center has since deemed the development Potential Tropical Cyclone 16.

As of 11 p.m., the NHC was giving the potential tropical cyclone an 90% chance to become the next named storm of the season. NHC expect PTC 16 to become tropical or sub-tropical storm Nestor on Friday.

"At this time, regardless of development, rain chances look to increase for Central Florida late Friday and into Saturday," Kegges said.

The latest computer forecasts take the center of the disturbance toward the panhandle of Florida.

Depending on the exact track, some of the storms Saturday could be very strong. By Sunday, the region will begin to dry out once again.

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After Nestor, the next three named storms will be called Olga, Pablo and Rebekah.

Hurricane season runs through Nov. 30.

Orlando-area forecast

Most of Central Florida will dry out Thursday behind a weak cold front from Wednesday.

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Other than a stray shower, mainly south of the Orlando-metro area, most of Central Florida will be dry Thursday and much of Friday, according to News 6 meteorologist Jonathan Kegges.

Later Friday, tropical moisture surges in.

Temperatures Thursday will top out in the upper 80s. A cooldown comes Friday, when temperatures will be held to the low 80s, with increasing clouds and eventual rain, Kegges said.


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