Tropical Depression Forms, Expected To "Meander" In Gulf For A Few Days

Gulf Coast residents who kept a close watch on Sally as it made landfall are not getting much a break.

The National Hurricane Center said Thursday Tropical Depression 22 had formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. The system, which is expected to become a tropical storm, is not a threat to land for now.

A general northeast motion by the depression will eventually be blocked in part by a cold front moving through the area, bringing pleasant conditions for the weekend.

The system is then expected to drift westward, but with weak steering currents forecast, may not be pushed inland.

Interests in the western Gulf of Mexico are urged by the NHC to keep a close eye on the depression. "As mentioned above, the cyclone is likely to stay offshore during the forecast period. Therefore, it is too early to tell which parts of the coast of the Gulf of Mexico will get wind, storm surge, and rain impacts from this system," read a forecaster's discussion.