This early storm in the ocean now has a name. But there's no need for hurricane anxiety

Carli Teproff and Howard Cohen, Miami Herald on

Published in Weather News

MIAMI -- Hurricane season doesn't start until June 1, but there's already a named storm churning in the Atlantic.

Don't worry. South Florida is in the clear.

In fact, so is the rest of the U.S.

On Monday evening, hurricane forecasters gave it a name: Subtropical Storm Andrea. The disturbance, about 300 miles southwest of Bermuda, is the first named storm of the season. The National Hurricane Center had been eying the storm for several days.

As of the 11 p.m. advisory Monday, the second issued for the storm, Andrea was packing winds of 40 mph and was moving north at 12 mph. The National Hurricane Center named the storm around 6 p.m. Monday.

But by Tuesday morning's 5 a.m. advisory, the center issued its last intended outlook for the subtropical storm.

Andrea was still sporting winds of 40 mph, but its movement north slowed to 6 mph and it is expected to dissipate by Wednesday as it is to be met by a cold front.

The storm is expected to make a northeast turn later Tuesday and remain southwest and south of Bermuda, the hurricane center said, adding that people in Bermuda ought to pay attention to its progress into Wednesday.

This is the fifth time in the last five years in which forecasters have named a storm before the June 1 start of the season. Hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.

The forecast track has Andrea remaining southwest or south of Bermuda.

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