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Early Season Tropic Activity

Hurricane season is not expected to start for a couple of weeks, but things seem to be getting started early.
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Atlantic hurricane season doesn't officially start until June 1st, but that doesn't seem to matter right now, as things appear to be getting started early. 

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We're currently watching an area of low pressure just off the Florida Keys that is showing some tropical characteristics. This system does have a 70% chance of further development over the next 48 hours and an 80% chance of further development over the next five days. As of right now, this area of low pressure poses no large threat to the continental United States. 

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The only threat right now is a lot of rain and some tropical-storm-force winds across the Florida Keys, South Florida, and different portions of the Bahamas. This is a very slow-moving system and the threat for heavy rain and wind will continue through Saturday. 

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If this storm gets a name it would cross off the first name on the list and become Arthur. 

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This hurricane season is expected to be above average and have 14-18 named storms with 7-9 of those becoming hurricanes with 2-4 of those becoming major hurricanes. 

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It is VERY important to remember that the outlook is a number of storms. It has nothing to do with where the storms will hit.