NEW ORLEANS — Tropical Storm Sebastien is getting better organized and it is expected to become a hurricane later today. Sebastien will track to the northeast as it strengthens today.
Then it will battle stronger wind shear, dry air and cooler waters on Friday. This will cause the system to lose its tropical characteristics and become a non-tropical low. It will remain in the central Atlantic and it is not a threat to land.
Elsewhere...the rest of the tropics are quiet.
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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.