NEW ORLEANS — Tropical Storm Sebastien has strengthened in the Atlantic but is expected to stay over open waters.
The storm’s maximum sustained winds Wednesday are 50 mph. The National Hurricane Center says some slight strengthening is possible over the next 48 hours but Sebastien is expected to be absorbed by a cold front in a few days.
The storm is centered about 235 miles northeast of the Leeward Islands and is moving northwest near 8 mph.
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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.