Tropical storm coming next week?

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 24, 2016

AccuWeather reported Monday that conditions will become favorable for tropical development over the Atlantic Ocean, in the vicinity of the southeastern United States, toward the end of May into early June.

People from Florida to Georgia, the Carolinas and the Bahamas may want to keep an eye on the tropics in the coming days.

“While tropical development a week an advance is not a certainty, we will be closely monitoring the area near the Bahamas beginning during Memorial Day weekend,” according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

“Waters in the area are sufficiently warm enough and winds aloft are light enough to initiate and sustain a tropical system,” Kottlowski said.

Steering winds could direct the system close to the U.S. coast during next week.

Even in absence of a full-blown tropical storm or hurricane, downpours and thunderstorms will increase over the region from the Bahamas westward to the southern Atlantic coast of the U.S. later this weekend into next week, Accuweather predicted.

Should the area of disturbed weather develop into a tropical system, it would be named Bonnie, since Alex was the first official tropical storm and hurricane of 2016. Alex formed over the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 13, became a hurricane on Jan. 14 and dissipated on Jan. 15. Alex was the first January hurricane to occur in the Atlantic since 1955.