NEW ORLEANS — A large area of low pressure, Invest 90L, is in the central Atlantic Ocean east of the Leeward Islands. It has a medium chance of development as it moves northwest. It could develop into a tropical or subtropical system over the next few days. Then it will be picked up by a surface front which will take it northward and out to sea.
This is not a threat to the United States. If it does develop into a tropical storm, it would be the eighteenth named storm of the season and would get the name Sebastian.
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2019 Hurricane Season Outlook
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted 10 to 17 named storms. It says five to nine of them will become hurricanes and two to four of those would become major hurricanes with 111 mph winds or higher.
Colorado State University, which pioneered hurricane season predictions, is forecasting 14 named storms, 7 to become hurricanes and two to hit major status.
IBM's Weather Company calls for 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three majors. Accuweather calls for 12 to 14 named storms, five to seven hurricanes and two to four major storms.