Tropical system in Gulf, July 9

A satellite image of the tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico produced on July 9.

The tropical stew that is slowly making its way to the northern Gulf is tracking farther west, and that’s good news for Citrus County.

“This system will be a rain event for Citrus County,” Capt. Dave DeCarlo, the county’s emergency management director, said Tuesday.

The county should receive 1.5 to 2 inches of rain from the system from Wednesday through Saturday morning, he said.

DeCarlo said once the system moves over the Gulf, it will gradually become better organized and likely become a tropical depression or storm Thursday or Friday. 

“The best chance of associated heavy rain (Wednesday) will be along the coast of the Panhandle — Big Bend — and along the Nature Coast,” DeCarlo said. “There may be the normal low-lying areas that will have the potential to flood or have standing water on roadways.”

DeCarlo said the system should drift westward toward Louisiana and Texas. 

“We will continue to monitor the system as it moves and develops in the Gulf,” he said.

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