Disturbance could become tropical storm headed for US Gulf Coast


Forecasters say a disturbance off the Central American coast is likely to grow into a tropical storm that could threaten parts of Mexico, Cuba and then the U.S. Gulf coast.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Michael is likely to form Sunday night and could reach the Gulf coast by Wednesday. 

Officials said Saturday afternoon that there was a 90 percent chance of a tropical storm forming. Saturday night, that chance jumped to 100 percent.

 A tropical storm warning is in effect for the western tip of Cuba, while a tropical storm watch has been called for the resort region of the Yucatan Peninsula from Tulum to Cabo Catoche.

Forecasters say they expect heavy rains, but don’t project it to reach hurricane force.

Central North Carolina would see moisture from the remnants late Wednesday through Thursday if the storm follows the current forecast track, according to CBS 17 meteorologist Bill Reh.

Meanwhile in the Pacific, Hurricane Sergio is projected to do a U-turn and near the Baja California Peninsula late next week.

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