Tropical system developing in the gulf, New Orleans impact not expected

Tropical system developing in the gulf, New Orleans impact not expected

Tropical system developing in the gulf, New Orleans impact not expected

Get out the umbrellas, folks.

A tropical weather outlook has been issued for what is now showers and thunderstorms extending from western Cuba to the Straits of Florida and much of the Florida Peninsula.

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As of Sunday afternoon, forecasters said there is about a 40 percent chance the storm will develop over the next five days, and a 30 percent chance it will form within the next 48 hours.

The disturbance was given less than a 40 percent chance of developing into a named storm, according to a tropical outlook memo issued Sunday. "Regardless of subtropical or tropical formation, this system will enhance rainfall across portions of Florida and the northeaster Gulf Coast during the next few days". Tropical cyclones are classified by wind speed, with the weakest called tropical depressions, which have wind speeds of less than 38 miles per hour.

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Fisher said rain will be in the forecast every day, "but there will be some breaks". While development isn't likely, this area of low pressure will bring most of Florida and even our area rain. That means flooding in some areas and a chance of thunderstorms through the middle of the week, forecasters warn.

Hurricane season officially begins June 1st.

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