ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Floridians living and visiting the Gulf Coast region should keep an eye on a tropical system swirling in the Gulf of Mexico.
The system might bring thunderstorms and gusty winds to southwest Florida this weekend and forecasters say it has a 70 percent chance of turning into a tropical depression in the next 48 hours.
If the system were to become a tropical storm, it would be called Debby. Friday morning, the system was located near Cancun, Mexico. It is shifting slowly northward.
Gulf temperatures are warm and the wind shear -- winds blowing from opposite directions -- is low. Those are two main ingredients for helping a tropical system to develop.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Top Weather Headlines
The ABC Action News weather team takes a look at what you need to do to prepare for this hurricane season.