BATON ROUGE, La. (BRProud) – The National Hurricane Center is watching for an area of low pressure to develop in the Atlantic Basin in the coming days. This potential preseason system will likely develop into a subtropical or tropical depression or storm this weekend.
NHC says “A trough of low pressure located over the Straits of Florida continues to produce disorganized shower activity and gusty winds across the Florida Keys, portions of southeast Florida, and the northwestern Bahamas. Gradual development of this system is expected, and it will likely become a tropical or subtropical storm on Saturday when it is located near the northwestern Bahamas. Later in the weekend and early next week, the system is expected to move generally northeastward over the western Atlantic. Regardless of development, the disturbance will continue to bring heavy rainfall to portions of the Florida Keys, southeast Florida and the Bahamas through Saturday. Tropical-storm-force wind gusts are also possible across portions of the Florida Keys, southeast Florida, and the Bahamas during the next day or so. In addition, hazardous marine conditions are expected along the Florida east coast and in the Bahamas where Gale Warnings are in effect. Dangerous surf conditions and rip currents are possible along portions of the southeast U.S. coast this weekend and early next week.”
There is a 80% chance for development through the next 48 hours and a 80% chance for formation through the next five days.
This is not going to be a threat to the Gulf of Mexico, but this is a reminder that the “official” start of hurricane season is right around the corner – June 1st. Experts are forecasting an active hurricane season.
Remember: All it takes is one storm for it to be a bad season for you. Now is the time to prepare!
The first name on the list is Arthur.