Tropical storm could form in the Gulf of Mexico this week

Pauline Gross
May 15, 2018

The coverage goes from "spotty" to "widespread" between Wednesday and the weekend as a disturbance over the Gulf of Mexico pushes deep, tropical moisture north into the Tennessee Valley region.

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

Hurricane season does not officially start for a couple of weeks, but the National Hurricane Center is watching an area in the Gulf of Mexico.

Formation chance through 5 days.medium.40 percent. "That could potentially work somewhat down to the surface". This weekend won't be quite as hot, and we do expect some rain in the area on both Saturday and Sunday. "We also do have a moderate risk of rip currents through Thursday".

"We already know what the impacts are going to be for people on land", Rick Knabb, a hurricane expert with The Weather Channel, told Newsweek. "Some heavier pockets of rain could result in some flash flooding, but overall this rain won't be too heavy for too long". There will be a few lingering showers, but the rain will become more isolated overnight.

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In time, the Gulf system will weaken.

The Weather Prediction Center said showers and thunderstorms will slowly move northward into the Southeast and into the central Gulf Coast by Tuesday evening.

The NHC predicts a 30 percent chance the system will develop into a tropical system over the next three days. Hurricane season runs through November.

"Some of our posts on our social media from the office here have been along that line", said Shephard. We will alert you to any threat of severe weather.

The first name on the 2018 storm list is Alberto. Tropical development is not expected due to the fact that the water is just not quite warm enough.

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