Tropical Storm Gaston Forms In Atlantic Ocean

August 22, 2016

[Updated] As Tropical Depression Fiona continues to move across the Atlantic, it has been joined by a second system, with the NHC saying that Tropical Depression Seven has formed and “is forecast to become a tropical storm tonight or on Tuesday.”

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said, “At 5.00pm, the center of Tropical Depression Seven was located near latitude 12.1 North, longitude 29.0 West. The depression is moving toward the west near 18 mph [30 km/h]. A turn toward the west-northwest is expected on Tuesday.

Graphic courtesy of the NHC:

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“Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph [55 km/h] with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the depression is forecast to become a tropical storm tonight or on Tuesday.

If Tropical Depression Seven strengthens into a storm, it will be the seventh named storm of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season.

Update 11.46pm
: The NHC said that this system has strengthened into Tropical Storm Gaston.

“Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph [65 km/h] with higher gusts,” the NHC said.

“Additional strengthening is expected, and Gaston is forecast to become a hurricane Tuesday night or Wednesday,” the NHC said.

The Bermuda Weather Service said Gaston is “not a threat to Bermuda at this time,” and continues to say Tropical Depression Fiona “remains a potential threat to Bermuda.”

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  1. Northshore says:

    Fiona`s done! All eyes on Gaston! Prepare Bermuda!

  2. raskarr says:

    I’d watch this one carefully. Could develop into a major hurricane, and pass near Bermuda.

    • Kim Smith says:

      Can I ask what gives you that idea so early on?

      • Mother Nature says:

        Well the NHC is a good place to start!

        Current models show it as a cat 1/cat 2 however some distance from us at it’s closest point of approach. BUT as well all know hurricanes can be unpredictable so why not prepare for the worst and hope for the best?

      • Ingrid lindo says:

        Exactly,I sit back and watch everybody go hurricane fullish.Buying batteries,candles,new flashlights spend up their monies, I don’t do all that stuff especially batteries too expensive and they don’t keep I got a ol’fashioned oil lamps kerosene and sit and wait

      • raskarr says:

        Well, I’ve been looking at intensity models and track guidances… and quite a few show what I previously stated above. The official NHC predictions call for at least a Cat 2, passing well east of Bermuda, but this always changes, as we’ve seen with Joaquin last year.

  3. Seascape says:

    Better gets those trees cut down or we will be a mess and without power for a while. Property owners, BELCO and Government don’t wait until then.

  4. Overboardhope says:

    Yes, neighbors, please cut your trees. With the number of storms coming, a good thrashing is needed.

  5. Pepe says:

    Its it too early for a beauty and the beast reference?