The broad area of low pressure that spun up Potential Tropical Cyclone 16 is called a Central American gyre and can be the impetus for storms this time of year in the Gulf of Mexico. It had top sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kph) and was moving to the northeast at 22 miles per hour (35 kph). Higher weekend rainfall totals are expected in parts of Florida, south Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
The area of low pressure is now in the Bay of Campeche just offshore of the Mexican Gulf Coast.
Potential Tropical Cyclone 16 continues moving quickly to the northeast through the Gulf of Mexico. A storm surge warning has been issued for Indian Pass, Fla.to Clearwater Beach, Fla.
Gale-force winds are possible along portions of the Atlantic coast of the southeastern United States by Saturday.
But unlike Michael, a powerful storm that left thousands of people homeless and almost wiped the Panhandle city of Mexico Beach off the map, Florida wasn't bracing for a catastrophe.
Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect from Grand Isle, Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River. The disturbance is expected to develop into a tropical or subtropical storm later today or tonight, with slow strengthening then expected through Friday night.
Hurricane season ends on November 30.
Tropical storm warnings are in effect from waters south of Louisiana all the way across the Florida panhandle.
Keep it right here with WRDW/WAGT for more information on this system. Tropical storm watches and warnings, as well as storm surge warnings, have been issued in several Gulf states, including Florida.
The greatest chance for impacts will be along the coastal areas with tropical storm force winds possible and isolated flash flooding.
Those could begin as early as Friday afternoon along the beaches and Friday evening farther inland. An AccuWeather Local StormMax of 6 inches is most likely along the upper Gulf coast of Florida and perhaps along the North Carolina coast.
A gyre was responsible for Tropical Storm Narda, which developed off of Mexico's southwest coast September 28.