Subtropical Storm Ernesto forms in the central Atlantic

Tropical Storm Lane satellite imagery. PC NOAA  NHC

The system is not a threat to land, forecasters say.

At 5p.m, the center of Subtropical Storm Ernesto was located near latitude 39.0 North, longitude 45.7 West. Additional strengthening is possible this week.

People living there, or in Portugal, Spain and the Democratic Republic of the Congo don't typically have to think about tropical weather systems - but Ernesto is closer to them than to South Florida. Dvorak estimates range from 30 to 40 kt, and with the increased organization since the last advisory, the initial wind speed is set to 35 kt. This system has that "subtropical" designation because it lacks all of the characteristics of a pure tropical system. Pop-up storms look to stay in the forecast through Friday, until a cold front arrives on Saturday that will result in scattered storms for that day.

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the storm's center. Debby was also classified as a Subtropical Storm.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration revised its hurricane season forecast earlier this month, advising people that the Atlantic hurricane season will be less active than usual.

According to AccuWeather: An abundance of high wind shear continues to stifle tropical development.

Ernesto is the fifth named storm of 2018 and the fourth storm to be called subtropical at some point this year.

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