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Blue Angels Air Show in Pensacola: Tropical depression looming, officials monitoring weather

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence and others stand as the US Army Band performs and the US Navy Blue Angels flyover at the end of an Independence Day celebration in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

With a tropical depression looming, military officials are monitoring the weather ahead of the planned Blue Angels Air Show in Pensacola.

The air show is set to begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday with the aerial demonstration team practicing over Pensacola Beach. Practice is set to continue Thursday and Friday with the show at 2 p.m. .Saturday.

The storm brewing in the Gulf could change those plans, however. The National Hurricane Center said there is an 80 percent chance of a tropical depression developing in the Gulf in the next five days, forming as soon as Wednesday or Thursday. People from the Texas coast to the western Florida peninsula are advised to keep an eye on the storm’s track.

Blue Angels said they are aware of the weather system and are monitoring conditions ahead of the show.

“We will not make a decision to cancel or postpone a practice or performance until the last possible second (more than once this decision has been made after the pilots entered their aircraft and prepared to taxi),” the Angels said in an announcement posted to their Facebook page.

Any cancellations will be announced on the Blue Angel’s social media channels.

A weather make-up day – if needed – is already on the schedule for Sunday, time not announced. The current forecast calls for heavy rains and strong winds and the potential for dangerous rip currents along the Gulf Coast.