Fresh on the heels of Hurricane Irene, an ominous low pressure system is approaching the Gulf Coast, warned the National Hurricane Center on Thursday. As it moves northwest, the center says there's a strong chance it could become a tropical cyclone in the next two days. "This system has a high chance ... 70 percent ... of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours ... Interests along the entire northern Gulf of Mexico coast should monitor the progress of this disturbance," the center said. According to Reuters, if it turns into a tropical storm it'll go by the name of Lee and hit the coasts of Texas and Louisiana. "The system, now over the central part of the gulf, already has prompted some major international oil companies to evacuate workers from offshore oil platforms." On the plus side for the East Coast, "Hurricane Katia [pictured above] formed late on Wednesday and was churning west with winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km per hour) but posing no immediate threat to land."
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