LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – The Storm Team 10 Weather Team is monitoring the Gulf of Mexico for tropical development in the next 3 to 5 days. A weak tropical wave over the Bahamas will move into the Gulf this weekend. An area of low pressure could slowly develop as showers and storms move westward toward the Gulf Coast of Texas. As of now, the best chance of rain will be across eastern parts of Texas. In Acadiana, areas south of I-10 may see enhanced rain chances Monday and Tuesday but won’t help with the ongoing drought.

The National Hurricane Center currently has a 30% chance that a tropical system could form early next week. Forecast uncertainty is high with any expected impacts unknown at this time. A strong ridge of high pressure should benefit Louisiana as it would keep any major tropical issues south of our location and move them toward Texas.

The NHC is monitoring three other areas in the eastern Atlantic as they have a low to high chance for tropical development. Current models show these tropical disturbances staying in the open waters of the Atlantic during their lifespan. The next name on the hurricane list is Emily.