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National Hurricane Center watching area in the Gulf of Mexico

National Hurricane Center watching area in the Gulf of Mexico

Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center is monitoring the upper low and is giving it only a 30 percent chance of developing into a tropical system during the next five days.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) are also keeping an eye on the area of low pressure that will be helping to fuel this onslaught of rain. However, Weather.com reports that we've seen named storms form before June in four of the past six years. In summary, South Florida can expect occasional periods of steamy sunshine followed by heavy storms several times a day right into next weekend. Some may get more than 3-4 inches this week; others may only end up with a half-inch, and the farther west you are (nearer the MS border), the less likely it is that you get the really heavy rainfall.

The system could become subtropical or tropical as it moves slowly north across the gulf this week.

The National Weather Service's rainfall forecast for the Southeast and the Northeast shows very heavy rainfall totals over the next week.

According to data released Thursday by the United States Drought Monitor, Bulloch County is now undergoing a period of moderate drought, so any rainfall would be welcome in the area.

Drought conditions as of May 8, 2018.

"Believe it or not, our rainfall deficit is back to 0.09". The average high on this date is 88.

For example, Miami receives about 45 inches of rain - nearly 75 percent of its average annual rainfall - from May to October. With hurricane season less than three weeks away, this storm could have been an early starter. This weak area of low pressure may take on some subtropical or even tropical characteristics as it meanders to our south in the Gulf through midweek.

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