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Might a tropical depression form in the Gulf of Mexico?

Might a tropical depression form in the Gulf of Mexico?A non-tropical storm over the Gulf of Mexico, which is helping to steer Humberto east of the United States may evolve into a tropical system and drift toward Texas early this week.The storm is currently situated in the middle levels of the atmosphere and will have to spin down to the surface and acquire tropical characteristics before it can be dubbed a tropical depression or storm. Sometimes systems of this nature evolve into a hybrid or sub-tropical storm.Rapid strengthening of this large system over the Gulf of Mexico is not anticipated before moving onshore. But it is possible it becomes a tropical or sub-tropical depression before moving inland later Monday or Tuesday along the Texas coast.Regardless of classification, the large circulation will stir up the Gulf of Mexico as it drifts westward. Expect seas and surf to build from the upper Gulf coast to the western Gulf coast into Tuesday. An uptick in the frequency and strength of rip currents is likely. Pockets of showers and thunderstorms being produced by the storm already will propagate westward in waves along the northern and western Gulf coast.Boaters, fishing vessels and rig operators should be prepared for increasing squalls and building seas, which will shift westward into Tuesday.There is the potential for enough rain to fall along the Texas and northeastern Gulf coast to trigger urban and flash flooding from Monday to Tuesday. Exactly how significant this becomes will depend on the track and strength of the feature as it moves inland.AccuWeather meteorologists will continue to monitor the system over the Gulf of Mexico, as well as Humberto and other features over the Atlantic Basin.Download the free AccuWeather app to stay alert of tropical weather advisories. Keep checking back for updates on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.



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Iran inks deal to develop gas field in tense Gulf

Iran inks deal to develop gas field in tense GulfTwo Iranian companies signed a $ 440 million agreement Saturday to develop a gas field in the sensitive Gulf, with the oil ministry saying it showed arch-foe the United States could not stop the country with sanctions. Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said the deal reached between two government-owned firms, Pars Oil and Gas Company and PetroPars, to develop the Balal field would be the first of many. Tensions have soared in the Gulf since last year when the US began reimposing sanctions on Iran after unilaterally withdrawing from a 2015 deal that put curbs on its nuclear programme.



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Iran signs $440 million deal with local firm to develop Gulf gas field

Iran signs $  440 million deal with local firm to develop Gulf gas fieldIran signed a $ 440 million contract on Saturday with local company Petropars to develop the Belal gas field in the Gulf, Iranian state television reported, saying the country’s vital energy sector was active despite U.S. sanctions. “This contract and other upcoming contracts show that we are working under the sanctions. The sanctions have not stopped us and we are active,” Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said at the signing ceremony in remarks carried by state TV.



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Iran seizes ship with Filipino crew for alleged fuel smuggling in Gulf

Iran seizes ship with Filipino crew for alleged fuel smuggling in GulfIran’s coast guard has seized a foreign tugboat suspected of smuggling fuel in the Gulf and detained its 12 Filipino crew members, state television reported on Saturday. Iran, which has some of the world’s cheapest fuel due to heavy state subsidies, has been fighting rampant fuel smuggling overland to neighboring countries and by sea to Gulf Arab states. It has frequently seized boats it says are being used for smuggling fuel in the Gulf.



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Iranian forces have been harassing this British warship almost daily in the Persian Gulf

Iranian forces have been harassing this British warship almost daily in the Persian GulfThe Royal Navy frigate has reportedly had 115 run-ins with Iranian forces in the Persian Gulf since the start of July, and it's not backing down.



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Tropical Storm Fernand forms in Gulf as it moves toward Mexico

Tropical Storm Fernand forms in Gulf as it moves toward MexicoThe low spinning in the Gulf near Mexico has intensified into a tropical storm. It is expected to move into Mexico Wednesday evening.



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Tropical Depression No. 7 forms in Gulf as it moves toward Mexico

Tropical Depression No. 7 forms in Gulf as it moves toward MexicoThe low spinning in the Gulf near Mexico has intensified into a depression and could be a tropical storm before moving into Mexico Wednesday evening.



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Britain sends another warship to boost presence in the Gulf

Britain sends another warship to boost presence in the GulfBritain is sending another warship to the Gulf to defend freedom of navigation, the defence minister said on Saturday, after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in the region. Tensions have risen between Iran and Britain after Iranian commandos seized a British-flagged tanker last month.



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UPDATE 1-U.S. and UK presence in Gulf brings insecurity -Iran Revolutionary Guards navy chief

UPDATE 1-U.S. and UK presence in Gulf brings insecurity -Iran Revolutionary Guards navy chiefThe presence of America and Britain in the Gulf region brings insecurity, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards navy, Alireza Tangsiri, was reported as saying by the ILNA news agency. Tensions have spiked between Iran and the U.S. and Britain in the Gulf after the Islamic Republic shot down an American drone in June and seized a British tanker last month for violating maritime regulations. Iran seized the tanker two weeks after British Royal Marines detained an Iranian tanker on suspicion of violating European Union sanctions by taking oil to Syria, a close ally of Iran.



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Saudi prepares for hajj as Gulf tensions persist

Saudi prepares for hajj as Gulf tensions persistMore than 2.5 million Muslims will on Friday begin the annual hajj pilgrimage in the Islamic holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, against a backdrop of tensions in the Gulf. Crowds of worshippers have already begun to gather in Mecca in the days ahead of the hajj, the focal point of the Islamic calendar. The pilgrims will undertake religious rites that have remained unchanged since the founding of Islam 14 centuries ago.



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