Published: Sat, August 27, 2016
Health | By Constance Griffith

Gaston changes little in strength in Atlantic

A new Tropical Storm Gaston formed on Monday in the Atlantic, but poses no threat to land. Tropical Storm Gaston is located 1,008 nautical miles east northeast of the Leeward Islands, with maximum wind speeds at 70 mph (60 kts). There are also the questions of what wind sheer, which has already hampered development of the storm, will do to the system in the coming days.

The storm has not formed a well-defined circulation center, which makes forecasting the intensity and direction system hard, forecasters reported.

The National Hurricane Center predicted 2016 to be the strongest hurricane season since 2012, according to its updated Hurricane Season Outlook released in August. "Formation chance through 5 days.high.80 percent".

The hurricane center said heavy rain could raise the risk of mud slides and flash floods in Hispaniola and eastern and central Cuba over the next few days.

At 1 p.m., the broad low pressure area was spread across the Caribbean Sea between the northeastern coast of Cuba and the central Bahamas.

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Most computer models take the system into the Florida Straits this weekend and into the Gulf of Mexico by the start of next week. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says this could be the busiest hurricane season since 2012.

When Invest 99L becomes a tropical depression, it will be officially named Hermine.

Historically, almost 96 percent of major - category 3, 4 and 5 - hurricane days take place during this time period, according to NOAA. However, all are expected to be less of a factor by Friday, giving the system a chance to strengthen.

Data collected by the agency's hurricane-tracking mission indicated maximum sustained winds at 75 miles per hour, with higher gusts, as Gaston travels in a northwest direction at 17 mph. Regardless of development, gusty winds and heavy rain will impact portions of the Greater Antilles.

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