A spokesman for the National Hurricane Center says an area of disturbed weather in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Virgin Islands will have no impact on the Gulf Coast.

Dennis Feltgen tells 99.5 WRNO the system is expected to stay in the Atlantic and not enter the Gulf of Mexico.

"Most of the guidance shows it on the east coast of the United States, so this is not a Gulf Coast, Gulf of Mexico event at all," Feltgen said.

The hurricane center says a tropical depression or tropical storm is likely to form over the weekend or by early next week because conditions are conducive for development.

Feltgen says although the system is not a concern to Gulf Coast communities, it's a reminder to have a hurricane plan as we're in the peak of the hurricane season.

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the system this afternoon.