Andrea, first named storm of the 2019 season, forms in the Atlantic

Clay Curtis
May 21, 2019

The early morning update says there's a 60 percent chance that the disturbed area will develop as early as this afternoon or early Tuesday morning. Andrea is not expected to pose a threat to the United States. The forecast track has Andrea moving slowly northward Tuesday as a weak tropical storm.

The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season starts on June 1, but a storm has formed in the Atlantic well over a week before the official start date, not a good sign for those hoping for a less active season.

An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance plane provided data that showed the low pressure system had strengthened, with a well-defined center and maximum sustained winds of about 40 miles per hour. The estimated minimum central pressure is 29.74 inches.

Other names that may be used this year are Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Imelda, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van, and Wendy, said the NHC.

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The NHC also tweeted, "Subtropical Storm Andrea has formed over the western Atlantic". Two of them were considered major, which is a Category 3, 4 or 5 hurricane.

The storm, if it does develop, may intensify into a tropical or sub-tropical system south or southwest of Bermuda and then begin to move north to northwest.

This is the fifth time in the last five years in which forecasters have named a storm before the June 1 start of the season.

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