Topical Storm Gaston becomes seventh named cyclone of season in central Atlantic
Tropical Storm Gaston formed Tuesday in the central Atlantic, but unlike its counterparts Hurricane Fiona and a disturbance off the coast of South America, Gaston will continue to spin mostly over open waters.
Gaston was last reported to be about 1,000 miles away from the Azores Islands and due to anomalously warm water has the potential to strengthen into a strong tropical storm.
The National Hurricane Center estimated maximum sustained winds are around 50 mph with higher gusts and is moving north-northeastward.
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The FOX Forecast Center expects the steering flow guiding Gaston to collapse over the next couple of days, leaving the tropical storm to meander over the North Atlantic.
Marine interests and residents in the Azores are encouraged to monitor the cyclone’s progress do to potential impacts.
The Azores are situated about 900 miles off the coast of Europe and nearly 3,900 miles from the US East Coast.
Swells generated by the Tropical Storm are forecast to reach the Azores later this week. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip-current conditions.
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Two other systems are also being tracked in the Atlantic right now: Hurricane Fiona and Invest 98L, which could become the next tropical depression and possibly Tropical Storm Hermine in the coming days.