Subtropical Storm Andrea forms to become first named storm of 2019

Hurricane season begins in the Atlantic on June 1, but Andrea came early — just as Subtropical Storm Alberto did last year when it formed on May 25.
Subtropical Storm Andrea formed from a broad cluster of thunderstorms between the Bahamas and Bermuda late Monday afternoon. [National Hurricane Center]
Subtropical Storm Andrea formed from a broad cluster of thunderstorms between the Bahamas and Bermuda late Monday afternoon. [National Hurricane Center]
Published May 20
Updated May 20

The first named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season is officially here — and it's early.

Forecasters from the National Hurricane Center announced late Monday afternoon that an area of clouds and disorganized showers a hundred miles south of Bermuda had intensified enough to become a subtropical†storm, taking the name Andrea and title of being the season's first storm.

An Air Force Reserves reconnaissance aircraft flying through the low-pressure system Monday brought back data to indicate that the system had taken on subtropical characteristics — such as 40mph winds and a well-defined center.

Hurricane season begins in the Atlantic on June 1, but Andrea came early — just as Subtropical Storm Alberto did last year when it formed on May 25.

While Andrea is the first named storm, Floridians have no need to worry. Forecasters say it will pose no threat to the U.S. and that a cold front is likely to eliminate the system on Tuesday, giving Andrea a very short shelf life as a named storm.

Forecasters told residents of Bermuda that they should be wary while the mass of clouds approaches from the north to northeast — but away from the U.S.

Related: The 2019 hurricane names are out, and it could be another busy season

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