Names for 2019 Hurricanes Announced

Tracking storms: National Hurricane Center tracks disturbance month before official season begins

The National Hurricane Center is already watching a storm in the Bahamas that has the potential of high winds and heavy rains with the official start of hurricane season still a month away.

The storm, which is not strong enough to be named, is a low-pressure system that has no chance of development in the next two days, but has a slight 20% chance of growing stronger in the next five days, the Panama News Herald reported.

The National Hurricane Center is watching a storm forming in the Bahamas.
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The storm is expected to travel north and follow the east coast of Florida. 

With rain and wind, it could bring rip currents, AL.com reported.

June 1 marks the official start of hurricane season, but there have been times when it started early.

Last year, Tropical Storm Alberto started May 25. The year before that, Tropical Storm Arlene hit April 19, and Hurricane Alex hit in January 2016, according to AL.com.

No matter when the first named storm is declared, it will be tagged with Andrea, followed by Barry, Chantal and Dorian, as listed by the National Hurricane Center

Hurricane season officially starts June 1 and ends Nov. 30.

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