Subtropical Cyclone Announcer Becomes First Name Storm in 2021 Hurricane Season

Orlando, Florida — The subtropical cyclone Announcer, formed in the Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda on Saturday morning, became the first named system for the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane season 10 days before its official launch.

The National Hurricane Center’s 11:00 am recommendation indicates that Anna is located approximately 175 miles northeast of the island and is moving west with a continuous wind of 45 miles per hour and 3 miles per hour.

“This system is considered a subtropical cyclone rather than a tropical cyclone because it is still intertwined with the upper cyclone, as evidenced by water vapor satellite images, but it also has some tropical characteristics,” NHC said. Senior Hurricane Specialist John Kanjaroshi said. ..

Bermuda Meteorological Service stopped monitoring tropical cyclones earlier this morning.

Strong tropical cyclone winds spread over 205 miles.

“We expect slow and volatile movements until tonight, with faster northeastern movements on Sundays and Mondays,” said Cangialosi. “We expect a slight change in intensity today, but it is expected to gradually weaken tonight and Sunday. Anna is expected to disappear in a few days.”

Storms are not a threat to Florida.

Forecasters have predicted the formation of Announcer for a significant part of the week, but began tracking the Gulf of Mexico system on Friday. This seemed to have the potential to beat the Bermuda system to the first name punch of the season.

However, the NHC no longer predicts a tropical cyclone, as its well-defined cyclone has moved inland on the Texas coast at 8 am. However, forecasters have warned that the system will bring heavy rainfall to parts of southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana.

“Given that the soil is completely saturated with ongoing river floods along the coastal areas of Texas and Louisiana, heavy rains can lead to floods of flashes, cities, and additional rivers throughout the region. There is, “said Cangialosi.

The 2021 hurricane season lasts from June 1st to November. The 30. 2020 season featured a record 30 named storms and two named systems formed before the official start of the season.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released this year’s forecast this week. It is projected to be above the average for the hurricane season, but that number is not close to the highs seen in 2020.

For 2021, NOAA forecasts 13-20 named storms, of which 6-10 will gain hurricane strength, of which 3-5 will be category 3 and above major hurricanes.

Richard Tribow

Orlando Sentinel

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