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UPDATE: 60 Percent Chance of Tropical Depression Or Storm Forming in Gulf By End of Week

Even if the system does not turn into a named storm, forecasters say it will bring heavy rainfall to the Houston area

National Hurricane Center
This two-day tropical weather outlook displays all currently active tropical cyclones, and disturbances with tropical cyclone formation potential over the next 48 hours.

UPDATE: On Wednesday morning, the National Hurricane Center downgraded the chance of a tropical storm developing to 60 percent.

On Tuesday afternoon, there was a 70 percent chance of a tropical depression or storm forming in the Gulf of Mexico by the end of the week.

The National Hurricane Center expects a system near the Yucatan peninsula to gain strength and become more organized in the next couple of days.

“If this tropical system does form and has impacts for us this weekend, early next week, it's going to cause some problems," said Francisco Sanchez, spokesperson for the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Sanchez said bayou and reservoir capacity had been improved through debris removal, though now capacity is slightly reduced because of ground saturation.

“We're going through our checklist already of worst-case scenarios because it's our job to be paranoid,” he said.

However, Dan Reilly, who works for the Houston office of the National Weather Service, cautioned it's still very early to forecast what will happen.

"The track and intensity are still very uncertain, some indication reaching the Texas coast sometime around Friday. But the track and intensity, we don't really have a defined system yet, really difficult to predict," Riley said.

Reilly added that, even if the system does not turn into a named storm, it will bring heavy rainfall to the Houston area.

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