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This is a simulated weather bulletin. There is no storm in the Gulf.

Tropical Storm Charade has moved across the Yucatan peninsula into the far south central Gulf of Mexico.  At 10AM CDT Tropical Storm Charade was located at 21.5N 89.7 W or 650 miles southeast of JSC.  Charade was moving north at 9 mph.  Maximum winds are 60 mph northeast of the storm center.

TS Charade is forecast to continue moving to the north today but a slight turn more north northwest is anticipated tomorrow.  JSC remains just outside of the cone of error in the 3 to 5 day range.  Should the high pressure ridge steering Charade strengthen and extend a bit further west Charade could turn a little more to the northwest.   Charade is forecast to become a category 1 hurricane on Tuesday morning as it moves over a warm loop of water in the central Gulf of Mexico.  Just enough wind shear aloft should keep Charade from strengthening further.  On the NHC forecast track now the central Louisiana coast is most at risk.  Worst case scenario for a straight track towards JSC would be sometime late Thursday night.

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