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A tropical cyclone is brewing in the Atlantic, but hurricane season has yet to arrive

A below-average hurricane season? A look at the names, early predictions for 2019

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1 through Nov. 30. Here's a look at the season's early predictions — and what this year's storms will be named.
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The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1 through Nov. 30. Here's a look at the season's early predictions — and what this year's storms will be named.

A tropical cyclone could form in the Atlantic in the next few days and barrel toward Bermuda, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Whether the storm will track toward the Carolinas or elsewhere on the coast was too early to predict, as of Saturday afternoon.

No computer models, however, “indicate any track that would take it to the United States,” Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and spokesman for the National Hurricane Center, said in an email to The Charlotte Observer Saturday night.

A map on the center’s website shows a large blob where the cyclone could form. It appears headed toward the Carolinas, but Feltgen said the large circle indicates only where the storm could develop.

The tropical or subtropical cyclone could emerge by midweek, according to a 1:25 p.m. Saturday update by the center. Such storms can pack winds of up to 73 mph, the center’s website shows.

Chances of a cyclone forming increased from 30 percent Friday afternoon to 40 percent Saturday afternoon, according to the center.

An area of “disturbed weather” several hundred miles south of Bermuda could spawn the cyclone as the system continues to heads north, hurricane center forecasters said.

The hurricane center will issue its next update at 2 a.m. Sunday.

The cyclone would hit 1 1/2 weeks before hurricane season officially begins in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico June 1. The season ends Nov. 30.

Cameras outside the International Space Station capture views of Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic as the station passes over the storm at 8:10 a.m. EDT Sept. 10. (No Audio)

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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989 covering the people, municipalities and major news events of the region, and was a news bureau editor for the paper. He currently reports on breaking news.

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