Gulf of Mexico storm could become hurricane

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According to the National Hurricane Center the tropical disturbance doesn't have much rotation which means it has a small chance to develop.

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For the Panhandle and south Alabama, the system could provide heavier rainfall by mid-week, which in turn could lead to what Shephard calls "nuiscence flooding".

From Tuesday through the weekend, the rain will come in the form of scattered rain and storms that are most numerous in the afternoons and fewer in number in the nights/mornings.

The National Weather Service warned that storm surge and large waves from tropical cyclones pose the greatest threat to life and property along the coast. "Don't drive your vehicle over a roadway that's covered in water", said Knabb.

Also, Floridians should stay tuned to local news reports as this weather system moves north. Areas of localized flash flooding are possible.

The storm system is the same one bringing widespread shower activity to Southwest Florida on Mother's Day.

"What we're talking about right now is a pretty disorganized system", said hurricane specialist Richard Pasch, who issued the morning outlook.

Those along the Gulf Coast of Florida and in Georgia could consider getting sandbags to divert water from their homes as well. The rain potential increases substantially toward Wednesday and Thursday as the remnants of that low inch closer to the area. Despite atypical conditions, models suggests a low pressure system may spread and fuel a rare preseason storm. Since 2000, there have been nine pre-season hurricanes, tropical storms, or sub-tropical storms in the basin, including last year's Tropical Storm Arlene, which formed in the central Atlantic during April of 2017.