Atlantic system becomes fourth named storm

203433_5day_cone_no_line_and_windHOLT, Fla., Aug. 7, 2018–The system in the north Atlantic Ocean organized enough to become the fourth named storm of the 2018 hurricane season.

Subtropical Storm Debby is located a little more than 1,000 miles west of the Azores.

Although transition to a tropical storm is still possible during the next 24 hours, no significant strengthening is expected since Debby will be moving over cool waters, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Debby is forecast to dissipate in about 48 hours or earlier.

two_pac_2d0Meanwhile, Pacific Ocean storm activity is hot.

HectorCategory 3 Hurricane Hector is bearing down on the Hawaiian islands, expected to pass south of the island of Hawaii.

Closer to North America, Category 2 Hurricane John is moving northwest south of the Baja California peninsula. It’s expected to remain off the coast and turn west before running out of steam.

Tropical Storm Kristy, also located to the east of Hector, is expected to make a brief appearance as a hurricane sometime Thursday before losing strength.

Finally, the remnants of Tropical Storm Ileana are a casualty of Hurricane John’s activity, according to the NHC. Ileana’s small circulation dissipated within the northern portion of John’s larger circulation.

The Pacific Ocean hurricane season officially began May 15 and runs through Nov. 30. So far, the season has had 11 named storms compared to four in the Atlantic.

Staff and National Hurricane Center forecasts

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