Tropical Weather System Will Make for a Rainy Memorial Day Weekend

 Alexa Lardieri
  25th-May-2018

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND beach goers will be disappointed this holiday to find that hurricane season may be off to an early start, threatening their sunny weather.

Official hurricane season doesn't begin until June 1. However, there is an 80 percent chance of a subtropical or tropical depression forming in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico this weekend, the National Weather Service reported.

The exact path is unknown, but heavy rain is expected across western Cuba, Florida and the northern Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend and through early next week. The threat of rip currents will increase over Memorial Day weekend along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Louisiana, according to NWS.

The NWS issued a hazardous weather outlook for South Carolina and North Carolina. The states can expect thunderstorms through Memorial Day weekend into next week with the potential for flooding. Alabama and Georgia will experience heavy rain and Mississippi will experience heavy rain with possible flooding.

According to CNN, seven-day rainfall totals could reach 4 to 7 inches.

If the weather system gains enough strength to be categorized as a subtropical or tropical storm with sustained winds of 39 miles per hour or greater, it will be deemed the first storm of hurricane season and called Alberto.

The last time Alberto was used was in 2012 for a tropical cyclone, CNN reported. That storm also formed before hurricane season started, on May 19. Last year, Tropical Storm Arlene formed before hurricane season as well, in April.

Early formations of storms isn't necessarily a sign of a bad season to come, according to CNN. The National Hurricane Center will release its forecast Thursday, which is typically a good predictor for the season ahead. Some forecasters have already published their forecasts and have predicted a season similar to, but not as extreme as, 2017's season.

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