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Tropical Storm on Southeast Coast Tack for Memorial Day

Tropical Storm on Southeast Coast Tack for Memorial Day

"Disturbance 1" could become Tropical Storm Bonnie. (National Hurricane Center)

By    |   Thursday, 26 May 2016 01:12 PM

A tropical storm may soak plans for Memorial Day weekend along the Southeast coast. That would be you Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

Forecasters monitoring an area of low pressure in the Atlantic Ocean near the Bahamas say there's a 50 percent chance of a tropical or subtropical storm developing over the next two days and a 70 percent chance within five days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

“It's a sign that the tropics are waking up,” meteorologist Shea Gibson said, according to The Post and Courier.

If the weather develops into a tropical storm, it will be named Bonnie, USA Today reported. Even if it doesn't reach the intensity of a named storm, those in the southern Atlantic coast should expect downpours and thunderstorms. Rough surf conditions could extend from the Florida coast to North Carolina.

Hurricane season officially begins on June 1, but tropical storms occasionally form in May, USA today said. This year's first hurricane, named Alex, formed in January far out in the Atlantic.

Those planning to spend the holiday at the beach should keep a close eye on forecasts, but needn’t cancel plans yet, The Weather Channel advised.

"While tropical development a week in advance is not a certainty, we will be closely monitoring the area near the Bahamas beginning during Memorial Day weekend," AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said. "Waters in the area are sufficiently warm enough and winds aloft are light enough to initiate and sustain a tropical system."

A second storm system could develop in the area next week, according to AccuWeather, which is predicting an above-average number of tropical storms and hurricanes this year with a total of 14 named storms, including eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes, predicted.

The peak time for tropical storms and hurricanes is August-October.

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