2021 Hurricane Season

Systems Watched in Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico With No Expected Impact for Eastern U.S.

If the systems do become named storms, they would be given the names Ana and Bill

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Hurricane season does not officially begin until June 1st, but two systems are being watched that could become named storms in the next week - with neither being a current threat to South Florida or the eastern United States.

The first system has been east-northeast of the Bahamas for several days and is forecast to move west-southwest starting Friday and into the weekend. It is likely to become a subtropical cyclone during that time, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As of Friday at 8 p.m., the system was 250 miles northeast of Bermuda and was gradually acquiring subtropical characteristics, according to the NHC.

The NHC has formation chances at 90 percent over the next 48 hours before it moves northeast and away from the United States.

In the Gulf of Mexico, a disturbance is being watched that could produce heavy rainfall for portions of Texas and Louisiana over the next few days.

As of 8 p.m. Friday, the system was about 150 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas. It is producing winds of 30 to 35 mph but radar imagery shows that shower and thunderstorm activity is limited, according to the NHC.

Formation chances are at medium with a 50 percent chance over the next two days.

If the systems do become named storms, they would be given the names Ana and Bill and continue a streak dating back to 2015 of at least one named storm before the official start of hurricane season.

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