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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.

Credit: KHOU

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.

Credit: KHOU

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