MIAMI, Florida -- NOAA's National Hurricane Center storm tracker in Miami, Florida has issued a Tropical Weather Outlook at 2 p.m. EDT on June 21, 2012 that predicts a medium (50%) chance of a broad area of low pressure becoming a tropical cyclone over the next 48 hours.
The low pressure system, located over the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula is producing a large area of showers and thunderstorms extending from the Yucatan Peninsula northeastward across western Cuba to South Florida.
NOAA says that upper level winds over the Gulf of Mexico are forecast to become more conducive for development during the next day or so as this disturbance moves slowly northward into the central Gulf of Mexico.
NOAA cautions that interests along the entire United States Gulf Coast, including Florida, should monitor the progress of this disturbance through the weekend.
Heavy rains and localized flooding are possible across western Cuba, Southern Florida, and the Yucatan Peninsula through Saturday.