Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Storm System in Gulf has Tropical Potential

Storm System in Gulf has Tropical Potential

The storm already dumped a prodigious amount of rain on South Florida over the weekend, setting a new one-day record for the date in Key West with almost three-and-a-half inches and sparking tornado and flash-flood warnings across the region. The weather activity could give an early start to the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1.

Whether or not the system picks up enough steam to turn into Alberto, the first named system of 2018, it'll make this week pretty terrible in Miami.

The expected rainfall for Monday is in the 4"+ range across Central Florida".

"We expect only up to two inches of rainfall in South Mississippi over the next seven days".

This system will likely remain weak and a non-tropical area of broad low pressure as it moves up the coastline of the Florida peninsula today producing more heavy rain and potentially some flooding over the days ahead. In fact, more record highs will be threatened this week. Rain may be heavy at times.

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The expectations come as over 26 percent of Florida is experiencing drought conditions. Initial forecasts indicate a total of 2 to 4 inches of rain might be possible for the Bulloch County area.

The system has already impacted South Florida, according to Dr. Jeff Masters, who co-founded Weather Underground in 1995.

Chris Fisher, a meteorologist with National Weather Service in Miami told Miami Herald there is a lot of tropical moisture, and even though rain will be in the forecast every day, there will be some breaks.

We will continue to monitor this through the week.

The hurricane center's probability of development held steady on Monday morning, with a 40 percent - or medium - chance that a subtropical or fully tropical depression could form over the next five days.

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