Tropical disturbances emerge near Texas, Bermuda ahead of hurricane season

ORLANDO, Fla. — Two tropical disturbances have emerged ahead of the start of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.

Neither disturbance poses a threat to Florida.


The first storm that could develop further is located near Bermuda.

Chief meteorologist Tom Terry said that there is a 90% chance that the low will form into a subtropical storm.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm is producing storm force winds and disorganized showers and thunderstorms.

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The low is expected to move over warmer waters during the next day or so, and it will likely become a subtropical cyclone later Friday or on Saturday near or to the northeast of Bermuda.

The second area we are watching is in the Gulf of Mexico. Terry said a low, which is moving toward Texas, has a 60% chance of forming into a tropical cyclone Friday.

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Winds could be around 40 mph, with high gusts along the Texas coast.

If the storms develop, they could become either Ana or Bill.

On Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its predictions for the 2021 hurricane season.

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It said an “above normal” season is most likely, at a 60% chance.

NOAA said it expects 13 to 20 named storms, six to 10 hurricanes, and three to five major hurricanes for the 2021 season.


NOAA said it does not anticipate the historic level of storm activity seen in 2020.

The 2021 hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.

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