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