NHC upgrades Invest 97L upgraded to Potential Tropical Cyclone #5
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The National Hurricane Center (NHC) upgraded Invest 97L to Potential Tropical Cyclone #5 (PTC #5) at 4:00 PM CDT on Wednesday.
The designation as a PTC indicates that the system is on the verge of becoming a tropical cyclone (either a tropical depression or a tropical storm). Operationally, the PTC designation allows the NHC to issue advance tropical watches and warnings for threatened landfall zones before the system achieves depression or storm strength.
The 4:00 PM NHC forecast calls for PTC #5 to become Tropical Storm Elsa overnight as it heads towards the Lesser Antilles. The NHC’s five-day forecast cone suggests that this system could enter the southeastern Gulf of Mexico early next week, potentially at tropical storm strength.
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