MIAMI (CBSMiami) — With ten days to go before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, subtropical storm Ana formed in the Atlantic Ocean early Saturday. With Ana’s formation, it is now the seventh straight year with at least one named storm prior to the official start of the hurricane season.

As of 5 p.m., Subtropical Storm Ana has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is located 205 miles northeast of Bermuda.

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Ana is moving toward the northeast near 5 mph and is expected to pick up a little speed on Sunday and track northeast away from Bermuda.

Gradual weakening is expected Sunday and Ana is expected to dissipate by Monday.

 

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Ana was the first named storm in the Atlantic this year, though hurricane season doesn’t officially start until June 1.

Meteorologists expect the 2021 season to be busy, but not as crazy as the record-breaking 2020 season, which had 30 named storms, 14 hurricanes and 6 major hurricanes.

Hurricane experts from Colorado State University are predicting 14 named storms, including 7 hurricanes. Three of the hurricanes are forecast to become major storms of Category 3 to 5 with sustained winds of at least 111 mph.

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The NOAA outlook, which came out May 20, is calling for 13-20 named storms, 6-10 hurricanes of which 3-5 will be major hurricanes (category 3 or higher).

Jennifer Correa