Tropical Storm could threaten southeast coast this weekend

Tropical weather kicks in for holiday weekend

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Do you have a beach vacation planned this weekend or next week? If that vacation is taking you to the southeastern U.S., you might want to keep a close eye on the weather.

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season doesn't officially begin until June 1, but there is already something to watch in the western Atlantic Ocean.

An area of cloudiness and rain has developed northeast of the Bahamas. I've circled it on the satellite image below. (This image was taken at around 10:40 AM Wednesday.)

While the National Hurricane Center is not expecting tropical cyclone development within the next couple of days, environmental conditions are expected to become more conducive for tropical or subtropical development by the tail end of the work week.

This disturbance will likely move slowly west-northwestward, approaching the southeastern U.S. over the weekend. That could mean rainy weather will move into the southeast this weekend.

The National Hurricane Center is giving this area of activity a 50 percent shot of formation over the next 5 days.

We'll keep you updated! Here's a link to the National Weather Service you might want to bookmark as things develop.

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