Subtropical Storm Debby develops in the Atlantic

Mindy Sparks
August 8, 2018

One of two storms off Mexico's Pacific coast strengthened into a hurricane Monday afternoon, while forecasters said the other was no longer expected to gain hurricane strength and neither posed an immediate threat to land.

The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, "At 1100 AM AST [1500 UTC], the center of Subtropical Storm Debby was located near latitude 38.9 North, longitude 48.5 West". It was moving west at 9 miles per hour.

John was expected to strengthen rapidly and become a major hurricane by late Tuesday.

Subtropical storm Debby formed Tuesday, becoming the fourth named storm of hurricane season.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Hector is also swirling in the Pacific as an impressively organized Category 4 hurricane.

The swells are likely to cause "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", it added.

Farther west was recently formed Tropical Storm Kristy, which had sustained winds of 50 miles per hour and could become a hurricane.

The storm was centered about 1,160 miles (1,870 kilometers) west of the Azores and was moving north near 16 mph (26 kph).

Hurricane Hector will pass south of the USA state of Hawaii tomorrow with the main impacts being rough surf, however, some heavy rainfall and gusty winds are also possible, according to the National Weather Service.

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