Subtropical storm 'Debby' forms in the North Atlantic

Christopher Davidson
August 7, 2018

The Tropical Meteorology Team at Colorado State University recently adjusted its forecast for the 2018 season, predicting a below-average number of storms.

One of two storms off Mexico's Pacific coast strengthened into a hurricane Monday afternoon, while forecasters said the other was no longer expected to gain hurricane strength and neither posed an immediate threat to land.

Debby's maximum sustained winds were near 40 miles per hour and the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Debby was expected to dissipate in a few days without threatening land.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles from the center of the storm, which was described by National Weather Service meteorologist Deanna Marks as "compact but strong". It had maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (100 kph) and was heading northwest at 17 miles per hour (28 kph).

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The storm, which has been monitored for the last few days, was located 1160 miles west of the Azores in the northern Atlantic Ocean, according to the 11 am advisory from the NHC. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 mb.

The storm began taking subtropical - not-quite tropical - characteristics, and was named Tuesday morning. It was moving west at 9 miles per hour.

So far this season we have had Subtropical Storm Alberto, which formed in May, as well as Hurricane Beryl and Hurricane Chris. The subtropical storm should continue on this general track with a decrease in forward speed for the next 24 hours or so and then turn to the northeast ahead of the trough, which will eventually absorb Debby.

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