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Posted: Wednesday, 02 October 2013 8:20AM

Forecasters watching disturbance in Caribbean

The National Hurricane Center is keeping an eye on an area of disturbed weather in the Western Caribbean.

WWL-TV Meteorologist Derek Kevra says the disturbance has a 40 percent chance of developing into a tropical storm over the next 48 hours, and a 50 percent chance over the next five days.

"The likely track over the next couple of days will be into the Central Gulf of Mexico, then move to the north," Kevra says.

He says an incoming cold front from the north "should offer us a little bit of protection" from the system, nudging it farther east toward the Florida Panhandle.

"However, if it moves into the Gulf faster than expected, it may be in our neighborhood ahead of the front by this weekend," according to Kevra.

Officials with the National Hurricane Center also say the ongoing shutdown of the federal government will have minimal impact on thier operations.

"We're going to continue to function as we normally do," according to NHC Director Rick Knabb.



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