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Early season tropical systems not unheard of

Historic storm tracks for May tropical systems (NHC) Historic storm tracks for May tropical systems (NHC)
AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Hurricane season officially starts June 1, but the FOX 54 First Alert Weather team is already watching a system in the Gulf of Mexico. It has a very low chance of developing into a tropical system.

Tropical systems can form during the off season, December through May, but that's not very common. They typically form in the Gulf of Mexico or Caribbean, where water temperatures are warm enough to support a tropical system. 2016 was the last time we saw an early season storm. Tropical Storm Arlene formed in April but stayed out in the central Atlantic.

It is even more rare for these off season systems to make landfall. However, the last time it happened was in 2016. Tropical Storm Bonnie made landfall near Charleston, South Carolina.

The good news is an early start to hurricane season does not necessarily mean it will be an active season. Forecasters do expect another active hurricane season this year.

Whether or not this system forms into something tropical, a lot of rain is on the way for Florida and the Southeast.

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