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Depression or storm likely heads to Florida this week

Whatever tries to form will not be an issue for the northern Gulf Coast.

NEW ORLEANS — Welcome to the first day of the 2022 Hurricane Season. This year marks the first time since 2014 that we did not have a preseason storm develop. However, we could  see some type of development before the end of this week. The NHC says a depression or storm will likely form by the end of the week near Florida. The system will move northeast and bring rain and gusty winds to south Florida by Friday and Saturday. A tough of low pressure over the Gulf means wind shear and dry air will keep the system weak and mainly a rain maker. It will be no threat to the Northern Gulf coast.

- Meteorologist Payton Malone

On Tuesday, May 24, NOAA released their outlook for the 2022 season. They predicted it will be the seventh above-average Atlantic season in a row with 14-21 named storms of which six to ten would become hurricanes. They predicted three to six of those hurricanes would become major, meaning Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

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