Tropics are quiet as last month of hurricane season starts

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NEW ORLEANS — The tropics are fairly quiet right now.

Subtropical Storm Rebekah continues to churn in the NE Atlantic near the Azores. It should lose its tropical characteristics today and become post-tropical. 

There is a cluster of showers and storms about 1000 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands. It has a low chance to develop into something in the next 2 days. After that, wind shear will be too strong for any development. 

Elsewhere…the rest of the tropics are quiet. 

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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.

2019 Atlantic Hurricane Names


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.

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