Tropical depression forms near Gulf of Mexico

Tropical depression 14 formed in the Caribbean Sea on Thursday morning, and a forecast cone showing the storm’s probable center has Houston in its sights.

The National Hurricane Center predicts the system will likely become a tropical storm by Friday. Meteorologists believes the storm could reach the Southeast Texas coast by Tuesday evening.

There is still uncertainty about the storm’s path, but now is the time for Houstonians to prepare for any possible storm, according to the National Weather Service.

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A second disturbance in the Atlantic Ocean formed into Tropical Depression 13 overnight. It is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm early Friday morning.

Meteorologists say the storm’s center could pass north of Cuba into the Gulf of Mexico, but its exact track is still uncertain. NHS has already issued tropical storm warnings for the northern Windward Islands.

Experts are also keeping their eye on a third disturbance on the west African coast.

jay.jordan@chron.com

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