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Gulf storm to douse Lowcountry

Hurricane forecasters keeping an eye on Gulf this weekend

It is holding the potential for development in the next few days as it nears the islands.

NWS expects continued gradual development in the area as the system moves slowly northwest across Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula over the remainder of the weekend.

The Air Force Reserve's Hurricane Hunters are scheduled to fly in and search for a center later today.

"Before those storms develop, we will see light rain off and on at times because of a tropical system that is moving into the Gulf of Mexico", Bridges said.

Let's start with the system that may impact parts of the Gulf Coast next week.

Heavy rains are expected to continue over portions of Central America, the Yucatan Peninsula, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and western Cuba during the next few days.

Two tropical disturbances brewing in the Tropics were given greater odds of swirling into tropical cyclones next week, forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said Saturday.

It appears nearly certain that a 93-L will become a tropical system in the Gulf by Wednesday.

One system is east of the islands of the Caribbean in the Atlantic and the other is in the southern Gulf of Mexico near Cancun, according to Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan.

It is still too early to predict a potential track for where the disturbance could form.

"Copious amounts" of rain are expected from the Gulf storm, said Mark Malsick, the severe weather liaison for the S.C. Climate Office. "That's something that we are fairly certain is going to happen, regardless of how strong the system gets and which track it ultimately takes". It is also pretty far south and in an unlikely area of development.

There's another tropical system brewing in the Atlantic as well.

The storm system - identified as Potential Tropical Cyclone Two - has maximum sustained winds of about 40 miles per hour with stronger gusts, the NHC said.