The National Hurricane Center says a tropical storm moving over Central America from the Pacific Ocean could reach the Gulf of Mexico and become Tropical Storm Cristobal.
Forecasters have been saying all spring the 2020 hurricane season would be more active than usual, and so far the season appears to be living up to that early reputation.
Tropical storms Arthur and Bertha have come and gone, and the official start of the hurricane season doesn’t happen until Monday, June 1, 2020.
Now the National Hurricane Center says a tropical storm moving over Central America from the Pacific Ocean could reach the Gulf of Mexico and become our next named system, Tropical Storm Cristobal.
The Pacific storm is called Amanda. As of Sunday at 7 a.m. it was located just inland over Guatemala with winds of 40 mph. The storm was moving north-northeast at 9 mph.
Amanda is expected to weaken to what forecasters call a “remnant low” by tonight, but it is possible the storm’s remaining circulation and moisture could join with a larger area of disturbed weather in the Bay of Campeche in the southwest Gulf on Monday.
If that happens the Hurricane Center says there’s a 50-50 chance of the low redeveloping into another cyclone.
At this time the system does not pose a threat to the Northwest Florida area, but like with any tropical weather system in the Gulf, residents should pay attention to the future progress of this evolving weather situation.