A developing tropical system in the Caribbean Sea – one that’s already knocked out power to parts of Trinidad and Tobago – continued to race across the region Wednesday as it sets its sights on Central America, where it’s forecast to hit as a tropical storm by late Friday.
If the system gets a name, it would be called Tropical Storm Bonnie.
Meanwhile, forecasters warned that another system could bring heavy rain – potentially over a foot – to the U.S. Gulf Coast over the next couple of days.
So far this season, one storm has officially formed in the Atlantic Basin: Tropical Storm Alex, which unleashed flooding rainfall across Cuba, South Florida, and the Bahamas in early June.
Meanwhile, in the Gulf of Mexico, another system is taking aim at Texas and could become a short-lived tropical depression near the coast before it moves inland later Wednesday night or Thursday.
“Tropical downpours are expected to overspread much of the western and central Gulf Coast on Thursday,” AccuWeather said. “This rain can cause localized flash flooding but bring much-needed drought relief.”