Third storm of Atlantic hurricane season forms
MIAMI - The third named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane season has formed, but it poses no threat to the Caribbean.
Tropical Storm Claudette formed about 500 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina yesterday and is headed for Canada with maximum sustained winds of about 45 miles per hour.
Slow weakening is forecast and Claudette is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone by tonight, and to dissipate by Wednesday night, the National Hurricane Centre in Miami said in its 5 a.m. bulletin.
The first two storms, Ana and Bill which formed in the first week of May – before the official start of the season – and June, respectively, both made landfall in the United States but caused no major damage.
The July 1 to November 30 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be below normal, with Dr. Phil Klotzbach and Dr. Bill Gray at Colorado State University predicting seven named storms, three hurricanes and one major hurricane at Category 3 strength or higher.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center has projected a 70 per cent likelihood of six to 11 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which three to six could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including zero to two major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).
Despite the below average season, weather experts warn there could still be some catastrophic storms.