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Tropics Update: Tropical Storm Bonnie making landfall in Central America PLUS a new area to watch off the U.S. East coast

As Tropical Storm Bonnie makes landfall in Central America, we're starting to look off the East Coast for development.

HOUSTON — The National Hurricane Center (NHC) continues to monitor 3 areas in the tropics, one of which could develop along coastal Texas later this week.

As of Wednesday morning, the NHC was tracking the latest with Potential Tropical Cyclone (PTC) 2 and two other areas of interest. The area in the Gulf of Mexico is now up to medium odds of developing over the next few days.

With Gulf water temperatures near 90 and low wind shear, there is a moderate chance for an organized weak system to develop over the next few days.

RELATED: Houston forecast: Hot weekend; changes coming

Regardless of what happens, weak tropical development could be exactly what the doctor ordered for a drought stricken South Texas.

Here’s what you should take away from this:

  • Rain chances increase Thursday and Friday
  • IF development happens, the system should remain weak
  • Beneficial rain on the way for drought stricken SE Texas

RELATED: City of Houston asks residents to conserve water due to drought conditions

Additionally, the National Hurricane Center is watching two areas in the Western Atlantic, a weak tropical wave and Potential Tropical Cyclone (PTC) 2.

PTC 2 is expected to continue into the Caribbean towards Central America later this week.

If any of these storms develop into named systems, the next 3 names on the list are Bonnie, Colin, and Danielle.

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