Sun | Oct 25, 2020

Tropical Storm Wilfred forms in the eastern Atlantic

Published:Friday | September 18, 2020 | 10:13 AM
Tropical Storm Wilfred has formed in the eastern Atlantic, using the last of the traditional names for tropical systems in a record-setting Atlantic hurricane season. (Source: US National Hurricane Center)

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Wilfred has formed in the eastern Atlantic, becoming the latest storm in an active hurricane season.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds Friday morning were near 40 miles per hour.

The US National Hurricane Center says slight strengthening was possible during the day but weakening should start over the weekend.

Wilfred was centred about 630 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands and was moving west-northwest near 17 miles per hour.

The storm comes amid a very active hurricane season in the Atlantic and “Wilfred” is the last name on the Hurricane Center’s list of storm names for the season.

“Get out the Greek alphabet,” the centre tweeted.

After using up traditional storm names, meteorologists will now use Alpha, Beta and other Greek letters for future storms.

The only time they had done this before was in the deadly 2005 hurricane season, during which Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans.

It is still peak Atlantic hurricane season for a few more weeks and forecasters are watching at least three other systems for signs of development, including one that is a tropical depression in the western Gulf of Mexico.

The prior record for the earliest 21st named storm was Wilma on October 8, 2005, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach.

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