Tropical system forming in Gulf even before hurricane season starts

Published 11:23 am Monday, May 14, 2018

MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center is watching a tropical weather system in the Gulf of Mexico. The center says the tropical system has a 40 percent chance of gaining subtropical characteristics in the next five days.

The hurricane center issued an alert on Monday, less than three weeks before the June 1 start of hurricane season.

Rain will likely be the main threat this week on the Mississippi Coast, the center said, according to the Biloxi Sun Herald.

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South Mississippi can expect Isolated thunderstorms starting Monday afternoon through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. There’s also a chance of a severe thunderstorm with strong winds each day.