NEW ORLEANS — A disturbance (Invest 96L) over the eastern Caribbean has become better organized with more showers and thunderstorms. Conditions are expected to be favorable for development of this disturbance and it could become a tropical depression or tropical storm (Eta) soon. Forecast models are showing development of this system and it is forecast to move to the west. It will stay in the SW Caribbean and make landfall in Central America sometime next week. This means it would stay away from the northern Gulf of Mexico. NHC is giving this system a high chance to develop.
Elsewhere...the rest of the tropics will stay quiet for the next 5 days.
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