ORLANDO, Fla. – The National Hurricane Center is keeping tabs on two systems in the tropics as the peak of hurricane season nears.
An area of low pressure over the south-central Gulf of Mexico is expected to move slowly to the northeast over the next couple of days.
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The tropical disturbance has a 50% chance of development over the next five days, according to the NHC.
According to the National Hurricane Center, upper-level winds are not currently favorable for development but they are forecast to become more conducive for limited development as the system nears the northern Gulf coast on Wednesday and Wednesday night.
The system is projected to pass over Florida later this week -- bringing rain but not tropical conditions -- and could likely develop in the Atlantic as it moves along the coast of the Carolinas next week.
Larry, a Category 3 hurricane packing 115 mph winds, will bring strong rip currents to Central Florida beaches for the next several days.
As of Tuesday night, Larry was 660 miles southeast of Bermuda and heading northwest at 12 mph.
The projected path from hurricane experts shows Larry moving east of Bermuda by Thursday night. A tropical storm watch is currently in effect for Bermuda.
If Larry stays on that path, it will not directly impact the United States. While not directly impacting the U.S., the system is indirectly impacting the U.S. coast with large swells that are creating life-threatening rip currents along Central Florida’s beaches.
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The next named storms will be called Mindy and Nicholas.
Sept. 10 marks the peak of hurricane season, which runs through November.