System in Gulf Strengthens and Turns South - Hurricane Season Starts a Few Days Early this Year

Hurricane season starts June 1st in the Atlantic, but storms can pop up nearly any time of the year. 

The National Hurricane Center is tracking a low pressure system in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and conditions are marginally favorable for further development. This system will drift south off the Florida coast the next few days, bringing strong winds, heavy rain and potential flooding through the weekend. PLEASE MONITOR THIS SYSTEM.

* Formation chance through 48 hours…medium…50 percent.
* Formation chance through 7 days…medium…50 percent.

The NHC tracked two low pressure systems May 22 – 26 off the coast of Florida, both tracking for the Carolinas. Neither system strengthened, but one made landfall and brought heavy rainfall and hazardous marine conditions to the Carolinas. It is important to monitor conditions, especially in the warmer months, as hurricanes can pop up with little warning off the Florida coastline.