NEW ORLEANS — In the tropics, an area along the US East Coast has a low chance of development as it heads out into the Atlantic in the next day or two.
It still looks like a tropical wave will move into the western Gulf of Mexico by Wednesday or Thursday. Fortunately, the forecast models do not show it developing. Right now, it looks like it will bring us a better chance for rain and storms to parts of the Texas and Louisiana coasts this weekend. We will keep you updated.
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2019 Hurricane Season Outlook
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted 10 to 17 named storms. It says five to nine of them will become hurricanes and two to four of those would become major hurricanes with 111 mph winds or higher.
Colorado State University, which pioneered hurricane season predictions, is forecasting 14 named storms, 7 to become hurricanes and two to hit major status.
IBM's Weather Company calls for 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three majors. Accuweather calls for 12 to 14 named storms, five to seven hurricanes and two to four major storms.