Holt, Fla., May 1, 2019–The first tropical disturbance of the season has appeared in the Atlantic Ocean.
Identified by the National Hurricane Center, the low-pressure system is located over the northwestern Bahamas and is producing disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity.
Little development is expected during the next couple of days as the system moves toward the Florida peninsula, according to the NHC.
Some slow development is possible as the disturbance turns northeastward and moves over the western Atlantic.
The official start of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1.
Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science predicts 13 named storms for this season. Of those, five are expected to become hurricanes.
Staff and NHC forecast