New tropical storm forms in Atlantic

Rina

Tropical Storm Rina formed in the Atlantic Ocean. (National Hurricane Center)

HOLT, Fla., Nov. 7, 2017–A new tropical storm formed yesterday in the mid-Atlantic Ocean.

The National Hurricane Center upgraded tropical depression 19 to Tropical Storm Rina at 9 p.m. CST Monday.

Rina is not a threat to the United States and is moving toward the north at 12 mph before turning north-northeast Wednesday.

Although some strengthening is forecast in the next 36 hours, Rina is not expected to become a hurricane due to colder water temperatures and wind shear.

Rina’s current wind speed is 40 mph with a possible increase to 50 mph before the storm begins to loose strength.

This is the 17th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

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