Tropical Storm Joyce forms in Atlantic, Gulf disturbance still unnamed

7 Day Forecast

7 Day Forecast

Portions of the Texas coast have received heavy rains in the past week as Tropical Storm Gordon drew moisture from the Gulf of Mexico inland.

A tropical storm may form off the Texas Gulf Coast by Friday, bringing heavy rains to areas already drenched in the past few weeks, USA government and private forecasters said on Tuesday.

The system nearing the Gulf could become a tropical depression later in the week and could affect parts of Texas, Louisiana and northeastern Mexico, the National Hurricane Center says.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said a tropical wave on the north coast of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico had a 70 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone within five days.

If Invest 95L becomes a tropical storm or hurricane, the next name on the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane names list is Tropical Storm Joyce or Hurricane Joyce.

As of this evening, the intensity of what spins up looks most likely to settle at tropical depression status sometime in the next five days.

Accuweather meteorologists said the storm's most likely path would take it toward the southern or central Texas coast, though they and others cautioned the forecast could change quickly.

This area of investigation, along with Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene are developing weather situations.