It’s an unusual name for a potential hurricane but this morning Tropical Storm Igor was born in the Atlantic Ocean and may become a hurricane as early as this weekend, says the National Hurricane Centre.
Igor has formed in the eastern Atlantic giving him plenty of time to strengthen into a hurricane but he is still a number of days away from reaching the Caribbean.
It’s possible Igor may impact the eastern United States next weekend.
Details from National Hurricane Centre…
ABOUT 70 MI…115 KM SSE OF SAO FILIPE IN THE CAPE VERDE ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/HR
A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* THE SOUTHERN CAPE VERDE ISLANDS…INCLUDING MAIO…SAO TIAGO…
A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA…IN THIS CASE WITHIN THE NEXT 12 TO
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
AT 800 PM AST…0000 UTC…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM IGOR WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 13.9 NORTH…LONGITUDE 24.2 WEST. IGOR IS
MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 6 MPH…9 KM/HR. A TURN TOWARD THE
WEST-NORTHWEST WITH AN INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED ON
THURSDAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK…THE CENTER OF IGOR IS EXPECTED
TO PASS SOUTH AND WEST OF THE CAPE VERDE ISLANDS BY THURSDAY
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 45 MPH…75 KM/HR…WITH
HIGHER GUSTS. SLOW STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48
HOURS…AND IGOR COULD BECOME A HURRICANE BY THE WEEKEND.
TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 50 MILES…85 KM
FROM THE CENTER. DURING THE PAST HOUR…A SUSTAINED WIND OF
40 MPH…75 KM/HR…WITH A GUST TO 52 MPH…83 KM/HR…WAS OBSERVED
DURING A BRIEF SQUALL AT SAL IN THE NORTHERN CAPE VERDE ISLANDS.
ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1005 MB…29.68 INCHES.