TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The National Hurricane Center is monitoring two separate areas across the Atlantic Basin for potential development in the next 5 days.
The first is a non-tropical low pressure system in the Atlantic about 450 miles east of Bermuda. NHC says this system has a 90% chance to develop into a subtropical storm in the next 2 days, which would become our first named storm of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
Regardless of development, this disturbance will not get near the United States. It will linger over warmer waters near Bermuda for the next few days, before lifting NNE toward the end of the weekend into colder waters and eventually dissipating.
The first name on the list this year is Ana.
If this becomes our first named storm before June 1st, it will be the seventh consecutive year with a named storm before the official start of Atlantic Hurricane Season.
The other area being watched is a disturbance in the western Gulf of Mexico. This disorganized area of showers and storms could develop into a tropical depression or weak tropical storm by this weekend, but regardless of development there will be no impact to our local forecast. This will likely lead to times of heavy rainfall and localized flooding across parts of Texas and Louisiana.
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