First storm of 2019 hurricane season may form east of Florida tonight

An area of low pressure that is expected to form in the Atlantic over the next few days has a 30 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm

An area of low pressure that is expected to form in the Atlantic over the next few days has a 30 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm

A satellite image from 1 p.m. ET shows "Disturbance 1", which has a 70% chance of becoming a tropical storm, the National Hurricane Center says.

The National Hurricane Center on Monday tweeted that Andrea had a "well-defined center" with maximum sustained winds of about 40 miles per hour (64 kph).

Storm Andrea has now become a well-defined low-pressure system. In the meantime, information on planning for hurricanes and how to prepare a hurricane kit are available online at the website of the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency.

On Monday, the storm began to move in towards the north of the Bahamas, prompting the NHC to launch an aircraft for examination.

The forecast track has Andrea moving slowly northward Tuesday as a weak tropical storm. It was moving north at 8 miles per hour and is expected to turn northeast Tuesday night.

The storm could strengthen overnight, but should weaken beginning late Tuesday as it is expected to make a northeast turn, the hurricane center said.

The NHC said that people in Bermuda should monitor the system.

In this case, Klotzbach said he thinks a lot of the reason for the heightened activity in the past decade is due to continued improvements in technology to detect storms and provide wind speed data. The most recent of these was 2018's Tropical Storm Alberto, which formed near the Yucatan Peninsula on May 25.

Several weeks ago, AccuWeather released its forecast for the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially starts in June.