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System Near Bahamas May Become Tropical Depression

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    The National Hurricane Center is closely monitoring an organizing storm that's approaching the Bahamas this weekend.

    As of early Sunday morning gale force winds are occurring with some of the squalls near the storm. It's likely that this area of low pressure continues to strengthen over the next few days, and it may become a Tropical Depression.

    Some guidance even strengthens it into a Tropical Storm. Winds would need to be sustained at 39 MPH or greater for that to happen.

    It would be the 11th named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, and would be named Kate. Hurricane season officially runs through the end of the month.

    We'll be keeping a close eye on the development of this storm as it moves towards the Bahamas, because at the same time, a separate area of low pressure is moving out of the Gulf of Mexico, and towards the East Coast. The storm headed out of the Gulf is likely to track close enough to us on Tuesday to bring a period of rain during the afternoon, carrying into early Wednesday.

    The exact track of the system in the Gulf, and the amount of rain we see from it, will hinge on the interaction between it and this potentially tropical fueled storm near the Bahamas.

    On the other side of the Globe, Yemen is facing a second cyclone landfall in as many weekends. Cyclone Megh struck the Yemeni island of Socotra early Sunday morning, and is now moving west towards the mainland.

    It will likely make landfall early this week with sustained winds around 85 MPH, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

    Cyclones, the name given the hurricanes in the Indian Ocean, are quite rare near the Arabian Peninsula, and now there have been two in two weeks. 

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