The first turbulence of the 2022 hurricane season moves over the Florida Panhandle


The first turbulence of the 2022 hurricane season moves over the Florida Panhandle.

The first tropical turbulence of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season moved across the Gulf of Mexico and inland over the Florida Panhandle early Monday.

In its forecast, the Florida-based National Hurricane Center said that it does not expect a tropical development from a mass of irregular thunderstorms. Still, it could bring gale winds and the possibility of some flooding in the Florida Panhandle, Alabama, and the southeastern United States.

As of 2 a.m. Monday, the disturbance was 15 miles west-northwest of Pensacola and was moving to the northeast.

The disturbance is the first system observed by the hurricane center this year in what is expected to be a busy season.

Atlantic hurricane season officially will begin on June 1 and runs through November 30.

Forecasters said hurricanes had hard hit the Gulf Coast in recent years, but fortunately, this disturbance is not expected to escalate into a tropical storm or hurricane.

However, the system can still dump torrential rain and bring strong wind gusts to the Gulf Coast between southeastern Louisiana and the western Florida Panhandle.

"The rains and storms have moved into the North Bay, and you'll see heavy rain and flooding," said Larry Kelly, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami.

As of 2 a.m. Monday, the disturbance will have a 0% chance of turning into a tropical system — either a depression, tropical storm, or hurricane — within five days.

The first tropical wave - a weather pattern that can intensify into a cyclone - appeared off the coast of Africa on May 8.

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