Low chance for tropical storm formation

Published 6:06 pm Monday, May 21, 2018

An area of disturbed weather in the Caribbean Sea could reach the Gulf of Mexico by the end of the week and usher rain into the area.

The National Hurricane Center gives the system a 20 percent chance of tropical development over the next five days. While it is still too early to say if this will become the first named tropical system — Alberto — the area of disturbed weather will be monitored closely as it could present a threat of rain to Louisiana later this week or early next week.

Donald Jones, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, said the worst-case scenario would be for this to be a rainmaker.

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“There’s nothing that shows there will be rapid intensification,” Jones said.

The exact path the disturbed weather might take was not known Monday.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30.