Tracking the Tropics: Tropical Storm Dolly forms in the North Atlantic


UPDATE [11:40 a.m.]: Tropical Storm Dolly has formed in the North Atlantic. This is our fourth named storm and the third earliest fourth named storm on record. Maximum sustained winds are at 45 mph, and the storm is moving east-northeasterly around 13 mph. This system is moving away from the United States, but it could affect parts of Newfoundland in Canada. By this time, however, the system would be a remnant low.

Subtropical Depression Four has formed in the eastern Atlantic. The National Hurricane Center upgraded the system, which began as a tropical disturbance, to a tropical depression around 4 p.m. CST. Sustained winds are currently at 35 mph with gusts around 45 mph. The system is expected to gain enough speed to become a subtropical storm in the next 12 hours, but by Wednesday, the system will lose momentum and become a subtropical depression.

The good news is that this depression will stay away from the United States. There is a chance that the system could make landfall over Newfoundland, but it would be a low pressure system with minimal impacts.

The tropics are quiet otherwise, but this hurricane season is off to a busy start. Make sure to have a plan in place should another system impact our area.

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