Published: Tue, May 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Subtropical Storm Andrea Forms in Atlantic

Subtropical Storm Andrea Forms in Atlantic

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say an area of low pressure is may develop from a cluster of clouds stired up by an upper level low. "A low pressure system is expected to form within this area of disturbed weather later today, and this system could become a short-lived subtropical or tropical cyclone by tonight or Tuesday while it moves northward or northeastward".

If the low-pressure system becomes a tropical storm, the NHC would name it "Andrea".

The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane season will run through November 30.

An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the disturbance Monday afternoon, if necessary.

The storm could strengthen overnight, but should weaken beginning late Tuesday as it is expected to make a northeast turn, the hurricane center said.

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Data released mid-April by researchers at the North Carolina State University predicted a normal hurricane season, with the potential of 13 to 16 named storms, 5 to 7 hurricanes and 2 to 3 major hurricanes.

Last year, Tropical Storm Alberto formed May 25.

If its winds reach 39 miles per hour and higher, the young storm would be called Andrea - the first name on the 2019 list that's maintained by the World Meteorological Organization.

The trend over the past 50 years has been for the first named storm to form earlier and earlier, though there is a large spread.

The NC State data predicts between 5 and 7 storms forming in the Gulf of Mexico, which is close to south states of the USA and cities such as Houston, Orlando and New Orleans.

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