A storm is coming together in the Gulf of Mexico, putting Florida, the Gulf Coast, and the Southeast in the crosshairs for an influx of tropical moisture while also creating a number of beach hazards heading into the weekend.
Here is what you need to know about what is setting up to be a potentially dangerous weather event for this part of the country.
Storm Forming in the Gulf of Mexico Could Take on Subtropical Characteristics
The mid-December storm system is becoming more worrisome to meteorologists that have been monitoring this zone in the Gulf of Mexico over the last few days.
The new storm is on a crash course to merge with a separate weather maker that has been slogging through the Southern Rockies and the High Plains since the middle of the week.
Forecasters are warning that there is still an opportunity for the system in the Gulf to take on subtropical characteristics before it roars onshore in Florida to start the weekend. The wind, rain, and hazardous beach conditions are also forecast to push up the Atlantic coastline by the time the weekend is over.
The hardest hit portions of the Southeast can expect to see rainfall amounts of up to 6 inches thanks to the direct pipeline into the tropical moisture. Forecasters are still fine-turning their predictions regarding what area will pick up the most rain.