Tropical disturbance in Gulf has chance to turn into tropical storm

Hurricane season officially begins June 1, but a disturbance in the western Gulf of Mexico is getting a head start that has a 60% chance of development to turn into a tropical storm.

The National Weather Service announced a disturbance in the western gulf Thursday evening. Conditions have become more favorable for a tropical development, and a short-lived tropical depression or storm could form before the disturbance moves inland over the northwest Gulf Coast Friday evening.

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The weather service said regardless of development, there may be some impacts felt along South Texas including heavy rainfall, minor coastal flooding, an increased risk of rip currents and increased swells.

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