Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

NHC monitoring tropical disturbance in the gulf

NHC monitoring tropical disturbance in the gulf

Rain chances will remain in the forecast for the much of the upcoming work week as the system hovers nearby.

"With the main threat from this system being flash flooding caused by heavy rainfall, the main thing people can do is promise themselves they're not going to drive their auto through a water-covered roadway", Knabb continued.

Whether it becomes a tropical system or not, the system will still have major impacts across the Florida peninsula and Georgia the next several days. If a tropical storm develops, it would be named Alberto.

If it turns into a tropical storm or depression, this would happen before the start of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season, which begins June 1.

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Clouds are streaming up off this area of low pressure over our heads but we should manage to see some sunshine peering through this morning.

The system has less than a 40 percent chance of developing into a subtropical or tropical cyclone, according to the NHC. The real concern is the amount of rain the storm may bring to some areas. Some may get more than 3-4 inches this week; others may only end up with a half-inch, and the farther west you are (nearer the MS border), the less likely it is that you get the really heavy rainfall.

Among those keeping tabs is Don Shephard, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mobile.

"Irma produced quite a bit of rain, but then we ended up very dry", Pasch said. A shower, downpour, or thundershower could pop out of the humid air at just about any place and time but most times will be rain-free.

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The gloomy forecast already has spawned weather delays.

While areas of flooding are possible where the heaviest rainfall develops, this precipitation will, for the most part, be beneficial.

The expectations come as over 26 percent of Florida is experiencing drought conditions.

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