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Andrea downgraded to a subtropical depression and forecast to dissipate quickly

Subtropical Storm Andrea has now been downgraded to a depression, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The system still sits about 280 miles southwest of Bermuda at 11 a.m. Tuesday with winds up to 35 mph. It's expected to dissipate by Tuesday night.

On Monday, Andrea's weak organization was just enough for the Hurricane Center to classify it as a subtropical storm and the first named storm of the season, 12 days before the accepted June 1 start of hurricane season.

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Forecasters on Tuesday said Andrea poses no threat to Florida. As it remains southwest of Bermuda, most of the rain is concentrated to the southeastern quadrant of the cyclone. It's also a poorly organized system, the Hurricane Center said. Andrea is expected to turn northeast Tuesday afternoon, with a harder eastern turn into the evening.

Hurricane season started early in 2018 as well, but not as early as this year. Subtropical Storm Alberto formed on May 25 last year, also ahead of hurricane season's start.

Andrea is one of the 13 named storms predicted in 2019, according to researchers with the Colorado State University Department of Atmospheric Science. This year's Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be slightly below average with an anticipated 13 named storms, five hurricanes and two major hurricanes. However, Colorado State researchers warned it only takes one storm to matter, as Hurricane Michael proved when it hit the panhandle as a Category 5 hurricane last year.

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"As is the case with all hurricane seasons, coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them," researchers wrote in an annual April paper offering the first look at hurricane season.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.

Colorado State will issue an update report in early June.

Contact Daniel Figueroa IV at dfigueroa@tampabay.com. Follow @danuscripts.

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