Oil Workers Flee; Tropical Storm Brewing in Gulf Florida could see storm warnings, localized flooding By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff Posted Jun 23, 2012 3:36 PM CDT 7 comments Comments This NOAA satellite image taken Saturday, June 23, 2012, at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows clouds in the Gulf of Mexico associated with a tropical disturbance that has a good chance of strengthening. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND) (Newser) – High winds are whipping up a 90%-chance tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico today and causing oil companies to evacuate rig workers, MSNBC reports. If Tropical Storm Debby does form, the northern Gulf Coast may see tropical storm warnings, and localized flooding and heavy rain could strike Mexico, Cuba, and Florida "over the next day or two," according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm would probably move slowly west toward Texas by midweek, Weather.com reports. Or, in a less likely scenario, it could roll east over Florida and up the mid-Atlantic, or linger in the north-central Gulf and move into Louisiana-Mississippi.