at 1000 am CDT...1500 UTC...the center of Tropical Depression Five
was located near latitude 27.8 north...longitude 86.8 west. The
depression is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph...19 km/hr.
This general motion is forecast to continue today...with a
decrease in forward speed expected on Thursday.  On the forecast
track...the depression will be approaching the coast of the north
central Gulf of Mexico tonight or Thursday morning.

Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph...45 km/hr...with higher
gusts.  Some strengthening is possible and the depression could
become a tropical storm before it reaches the coast.

Estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 mb...29.77 inches.


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