First Named System of Atlantic Hurricane Season Forms, But Forecast to Dissipate Soon

FLORIDA, United States, Tuesday May 21, 2019 – Ten days before the official start of the 2019 hurricane season, a subtropical storm formed in the Atlantic but is not expected to be around for much longer.

Subtropical Storm Andrea came to life over the Western Atlantic, about 335 miles southwest of Bermuda, yesterday evening.

Its maximum sustained winds remained at about 40 miles per hour until late this morning when the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said in an 11 a.m. advisory that they had decreased to 35 miles per hour.

Andrea is now a subtropical depression.

“Continued weakening is forecast, and Andrea is expected to degenerate into a remnant low by this evening,” the NHC said.

At the time, Andrea was about 280 miles west southwest of Bermuda and moving northward at eight miles per hour, with a turn toward the northeast and east expected tonight.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect but the NHC advised that interests in Bermuda should still monitor the progress of the system.

This is the fifth consecutive year with a named storm in the Atlantic before the official start of the season.

The next tropical storm that develops in the Atlantic will be called Barry.

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