CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The National Hurricane Center is monitoring two areas for the possibility of tropical development, though that possibility remains low so far.
The two new areas of interest come as Tropical Storm Earl has weakened to a tropical depression well inland over Mexico west of Veracruz.
The first area is a trough of low pressure with cloudiness and thunderstorms located over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters say some gradual development is possible before the system moves inland over the southeastern United States over the next few days.
That area is expected to produce heavy rainfall over Florida, but formation into a tropical system over the next 48 hours is set at 20 percent and through the next five days is set at 30 percent.
A second area being investigated is a tropical wave producing disorganized cloudiness and showers just north or Puerto Rico and the adjacent Atlantic. An area of low pressure could form by the middle of next week between Florida and Bermuda while the wave moves west-northwestward and then northward over the Atlantic.
However, forecasters say there is no chance of tropical development over the next 48 hours and only a 20 percent chance over the next five days.