Tropical Depression 17 forms in western Gulf of Mexico

Tracking the Tropics

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The National Hurricane Center will initiate advisories on Tropical Depression Seventeen at 11 am. The system has become better organized overnight.

The depression will be short-lived, however. It will merge with a cold front later today which will prevent any further organization. The tropical moisture will spread out over the northern Gulf Coast states.

There is a low risk for isolated tornadoes and strong storms in lower Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana today as the storm and cold front near the shore.

“Regardless of development, gale-force winds are expected behind the cold front over the western Gulf of Mexico today and Saturday,” the NHC said.

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