National Hurricane Center: Tropical system in the Caribbean Sea has 70% chance of development

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.

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