Hurricane center watches area for potential development

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The National Hurricane Center is keeping an eye on an area north of the Bahamas for potential tropical development.

An area of low pressure is expected to develop this weekend to the northeast of the Bahamas. Environmentalconditions appear conducive for this system to acquire some subtropical characteristics as it moves northeastward through Sunday.

— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) May 12, 2020  

If it develops into a tropical storm, it would be the sixteenth named storm before June 1 since the U.S. began tracking tropical weather with satellites, according to Colorado State University hurricane expert Dr. Phil Klotzbach.

The National #Hurricane Center gives 50% chance of subtropical cyclone development in next 5 days northeast of the Bahamas. 15 Atlantic hurricane seasons in the satellite era (since 1966) have had 1st named storm formation prior to June 1st.

— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) May 12, 2020  

Klotzbach is among forecasters predicting a storm season this year that is more active than normal.