A below-average hurricane season? A look at the names, early predictions for 2019
Hurricane season doesn’t start until June 1 for the East Coast, but a system taking shape in the Atlantic on Monday has turned into the year’s first subtropical storm , according to the National Hurricane Center.
Subtropical Storm Andrea was confirmed by an Air Force Reserve hurricane reconnaissance plane that was looking at an area of showers and thunderstorms southwest of Bermuda, the National Weather Service’s Hurricane Center tweeted.
The system that was located “several hundred miles southwest of Bermuda” at 6 p.m. has developed a “well-defined center” the National Weather Service said.
Maximum sustained winds of 40 mph that extend outward up to 70 miles have been recorded in the storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Although the system has turned into a subtropical storm, it probably won’t last for long, the National Hurricane Center said. “Conditions are forecast to become unfavorable for further development by late Tuesday, and the disturbance is expected to merge with a cold front on Wednesday.”
The storm is expected to stay in the Atlantic Ocean, where it will weaken on Tuesday before dissipating on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said. There are no watches or warnings in effect.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1 through Nov. 30.