Happy Hurricane Season! Florida Might Get Hit By a Named Storm This Week

It's the first Monday of hurricane season, which means all across the Sunshine State thousands are heading into work with the vague feeling they've forgotten something important (PSSST! Hurricane supplies, people. Specifically: vodka and board games.).

Well, here's a kick in the ass to get that kit together: Storms brewing in the Gulf of Mexico this morning might just coalesce into the season's first named storm headed right for Florida.

A broad patch of thunderstorms has cropped up off Florida's Southwest coast this morning, stretching down past Cuba into the Gulf of Mexico.

At the moment, high-level wind shear is keeping the storms from getting too organized, but forecasters say that could change by mid-week.

"There are signs that the wind shear will lessen enough for a broad area of disturbed weather to attempt to organize into a tropical depression over the central Gulf of Mexico at midweek," writes Kristina Pydynowski, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather.

If the storm does develop, it would be named Andrea and could pass over Florida as early as Wednesday.

Either way, Miami's in for a crappy first week of hurricane season. Forecasters are calling for a 70 percent chance of strong storms today and tomorrow and expect the rest of the week to be soaked as well.

Hurricane season! Now we remember why all those Canadians have already put up the shutters and fled back to Quebec.

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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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