Hurricane John absorbs tropical storm as new system forms in Atlantic

James Marshall
August 8, 2018

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Hawaii County and a high surf warning is expected at noon for the east- and southeast-facing shores of the Big Island.

Debby had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Subtropical Storm Debby has formed in the open Atlantic Tuesday with the expectation of not surviving beyond a few days, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

The storm began taking subtropical - not-quite tropical - characteristics, and was named Tuesday morning. "Although transition to a tropical cyclone is possible, no significant strengthening is anticipated since the cyclone will soon be moving over cool water and become fully embedded within a larger mid-latitude trough approaching from the west". Debby is expected to dissipate in about 48 hours or earlier.

A growing hurricane absorbed a tropical storm off Mexico's Pacific Coast today and a new subtropical storm formed in the northern Atlantic, though none were projected to make landfall. The tropical-storm-force winds associated with Debby are well removed from the center as indicated by a recent satellite view and are occurring within a cyclonically curved band of moderate convection. "These forecast numbers do not include Tropical Cyclones Alberto, Beryl and Chris which formed prior to August 1".

The risk of a hurricane striking the United States during the remainder of the summer is lower than average, experts said in an updated seasonal forecast released Thursday.

Colorado State's team said the Atlantic remains much colder than normal, which provides less fuel for developing tropical cyclones. Warm ocean temperatures and strong wind shear are contributing to the lack of activity.

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