Early Atlantic tropical system could threaten Southeast coast

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–Low pressure northeast of the Bahamas could become the season’s second tropical storm this weekend as a wet weather system takes aim on the Southeast.

Memorial Day weekend is a time when many flock to the Carolina beaches. This raises safety concerns for rip tides and high surf during the holiday period.

The storm labeled Invest 91-L is being closely monitored by the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Once winds reach 39 mph, the storm would be named Tropical Storm Bonnie. Earlier this year, Tropical Storm Alex formed off the Southeast coast in January–a rare wintertime development.

Last May, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, felt minor impacts from Tropical Storm Ana. In 2012. Alberto and Beryl were May systems that developed off the southeastern coast of the United States, before the start of the hurricane season. Beryl made landfall in northeastern Florida.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and continues through November 30.

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