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Forecasters increase likelihood the first named tropical storm of 2019 will form tonight

The National Hurricane Center was monitoring a system southwest of Bermuda on May 20, 2019, that had a 70 percent chance of development. [National Hurricane Center]
Published May 20

Forecasters are monitoring a large area of disturbed weather that now has a 70 percent chance of developing into the first tropical system of the 2019 hurricane season.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the area of clouds and disorganized showers was located several hundred miles southwest of Bermuda on Monday afternoon and is expected to intensify. It could become a short-lived subtropical or tropical cyclone by Monday night or Tuesday morning.

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Chances of further development are unlikely, however, as forecasters expect a cold front to squash the system by Wednesday.

An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is currently en route to investigate the disturbance, forecasters said. They will provide their next update Monday at 8 p.m.

Residents of Bermuda should be wary while the mass of clouds approaches from the north to northeast — but away from the U.S.

If the system becomes the first named storm of the season, it would be called Andrea.

Contact Carl Lisciandrello at clisciandrello@tampabay.com. Follow @carlmarks_Times

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