Hurricane season doesn't officially begin until June 1, but we are already keeping an eye on a disturbance off the coast of South Carolina:
The Tropical Prediction Center says there is a 60-percent chance that this system will spin up into Tropical Storm Ana within 48 hours. At the very least, heavy rain will cause a risk for coastal flooding from Savannah all the way up to the North Carolina coast.
While this is early for a tropical system, it is not unprecedented. In 1951, Hurricane Able, the strongest, earliest hurricane to ever develop tracked along the eastern US coast with 115 mph winds.
Hurricane Able Track, May 21-26, 1951.
Tropical systems usually have little impact on the Tri-State, especially if they are in the Atlantic Ocean. When tropical storms or hurricanes appear in the Gulf of Mexico, they sometimes bring heavy rain and damaging winds as far north as the Tri-State. The most recent example was Hurricane Ike, which brought damaging winds to the Tri-State and much of the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys in September of 2008.
Hurricane Ike track from August-September, 2008.