Tropical Storm Wanda is forecast to move south, while the hurricane center is keeping an eye on the second Atlantic system.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Subtropical Storm Wanda is moving away from the United States on Monday morning, as another tropical cyclone forms in the southeast Atlantic.
Wanda became the 21st named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season late Saturday, exhausting all of the letters in the World Meteorological Organization’s alphabet. Only two storm seasons in history have had more than 21 named storms: 2005 and 2020.
Wanda was approximately 970 miles west of the Azores, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and heading east-southeast at 8 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center at 5 a.m.
“By tomorrow, a shift toward the northeast is likely, followed by a turn toward the north on Tuesday or Tuesday night,” forecasts added.
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It poses no risk to the environment.
Tropical-storm-force winds stretch out 105 miles from the center of the system. Models indicate that the system may intensify, with some predicting that it may become tropical by Tuesday.
A large region of low pressure in the eastern tropical Atlantic is also being tracked by the hurricane center, with a 10% probability of development in the next two days.
The system, which is located a few hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms over a large area, and more may develop as it moves west-northwestward at 10-15 mph over the next two days before hitting a region of strong upper-level winds.
If another storm arises, the system will use a new alphabet, with Adria as the first name.
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If that occurs, it would be just the third time meteorologists have had to use a secondary naming system, first in 2005 and then in 2020 during that year’s record-breaking streak of 30 named storms.
The hurricanes and tropical storms that arrived later in the season in both prior years were given Greek alphabet names such Alpha, Beta, and Gamma. Meteorologists used a non-Greek alphabet to minimize misunderstanding between names with similar pronunciations, such as Eta and Theta.
The hurricane season is expected to extend until November 30.
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