Low pressure in the Gulf brings tropical moisture to Central Florida

5-day NHC tropical outlook

Low pressure in the Gulf brings tropical moisture to Central Florida

The NHC found a 40 percent chance of storms for the following three days. Dr. Weathers posted on his blog Sunday night that, "Regardless of development, the counter-clockwise flow of air around this low-pressure system will funnel large amounts of tropical moisture over Florida, resulting in very heavy rains".

Whether or not this low becomes a tropical or sub-tropical storm, it will definitely serve to enhance rainfall over the Southeast this week.

With hurricane season still two weeks away, an area of weak low pressure in the Gulf already has the eye of the National Hurricane Center although any significant development is unlikely. The weather activity could give an early start to the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1. The heaviest rainfall of 3 to 5 inches or more is expected to remain well to the east over Florida. It added that it is giving the low-pressure formation a medium chance of developing into a stronger weather disturbance. Localized flooding will be possible.

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

The NHC now has this system's chances of reaching tropical storm strength (over 39 MPH) at 30% through the next 2 days and a medium chance at 40% over the next 5 days.

"A lot of what we saw this weekend will continue for most of the week", he added.

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