Gaston forms in the Atlantic, has qualities of future hurricane


The seventh named storm of the season formed Monday night in the eastern Atlantic, and meteorologists say it could turn into the first major hurricane of the season.

Tropical Storm Gaston, located about 450 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands, is rapidly gaining strength as it moves through the Atlantic. Atmospheric conditions in the storm’s path are favoring hurricane development, according to the National Hurricane Center.


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"Gaston will become a hurricane and could become the first major hurricane of the season in the Atlantic Ocean," according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

Meteorologists at Accuweather predict the storm would follow a similar path toward the central Atlantic as Fiona did and would not pose a threat to land. However, the system has potential for turning toward Bermuda and potentially North America. It could become a hurricane by Wednesday.

Tropical Storm Gaston forecast

Source: National Hurricane Center/NOAA

Meanwhile, meteorologists are monitoring a tropical disturbance, named 99L, with a 50 percent chance of formation within the next 48 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center. Chances of the system developing into a tropical storm could increase as the storm moves near Hispaniola and environmental conditions change. If it develops, it would be called Hermine.

If it develops, it could pose a threat to the Caribbean islands and southeast U.S. coast.

99L and other tropical Atlantic systems

Source: National Hurricane Center/NOAA

Tropical Depression Fiona remains disorganized and it moves across the central Atlantic. It does not pose a threat to land.

Tropical Depression Fiona forecast

Source: National Hurricane Center/NOAA

The second half of August typically brings a strong uptick in development of systems originating near Cabo Verde off the African coast, which tend to be the strongest systems in the Atlantic, according to Accuweather.

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