System May Develop Into Tropical Storm Before Start Of Hurricane Season

Saul Bowman
May 22, 2019

Hurricane season doesn't start until June 1, but the National Hurricane Center announced Monday evening that Subtropical Storm Andrea had formed.

Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 60 miles from the center. NHC forecasters said the storm will strengthen overnight on Tuesday, before dissipating this Wednesday.

It does not pose any threat to the United States. Little change in strength is forecast, followed by weakening late tonight.

However, the formation of Andrea marks the fifth year in a row-dating to Tropical Storm Ana in 2015-that a named storm has formed before June 1. Storm Andrea is forming 335 miles southwest of Bermuda and is classified as a subtropical storm.

AccuWeather meteorologists have been monitoring the low pressure system, which has largely existed as an area of showers and thunderstorms, since last week.

It was given the name Andrea and classified a subtropical storm by the NHC.

While the system is not expected to impact South Florida, it is notable for its early arrival almost two weeks ahead of the official June 1 start date of hurricane season. That track should keep the storm south of Bermuda.

There were 15 named storms as part of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season, according to NOAA.

Despite expectations that the storm will likely fade as it moves north and northeast, the hurricane center is advising people on the island of Bermuda to keep an eye on the system.

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