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The Atlantic Basin's tropical storms and hurricanes in 2019

Debris sitting on a road after Hurricane Michael
A pile of debris near the remains of a home destroyed by Hurricane Michael in Florida. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The first tropical storm of 2019 arrived nearly 2 weeks before the official June 1 kickoff of hurricane season.

Driving the news: NOAA's Climate Prediction Center released its hurricane season outlook on Thursday and is predicting a "near normal" season this year. It's also predicting a range of 9 to 15 named storms — 4 to 8 of which could become hurricanes.

The full list of 2019's named storms:

1. Andrea

    • Formed: May 20
    • Dissipated: May 22
    • Location: South of Bermuda
    • Highest classification: Subtropical storm
    • Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph
    • Andrea formed before the official beginning of hurricane season, making 2019 the fifth consecutive year in which a named tropical storm has formed before June 1, per the Washington Post.

2. Barry

3. Chantal

4. Dorian

5. Erin

6. Fernand

7. Gabrielle

8. Humberto

9. Imelda

10. Jerry

11. Karen

12. Lorenzo

13. Melissa

14. Nestor

15. Olga

16. Pablo

17. Rebekah

18. Sebastien

19. Tanya

20. Van

21. Wendy

Be smart: Names are given to tropical storms when they have sustained wind speeds higher than 39 mph. Once a storm reaches sustained winds of 74 mph or higher, it's considered a hurricane, and it maintains the same name it was given when it became a tropical storm.

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