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Tropical Storm Ian churns in the central Atlantic

By By Renee Duff, meteorologist
September 16, 2016, 10:26:21 AM EDT

Tropical Storm Ian, nearly 900 miles east-southeast of Bermuda, will gradually strengthen over the central Atlantic Ocean this week.

“Ian will have a difficult time intensifying due to strong wind shear, but the storm could strengthen later Wednesday through early Friday as the storm remains over warm water,” AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.

The plentiful amount of warm water may allow Ian to overcome the wind shear and gradual strengthening is forecast over the next couple of days. However, Ian will likely remain a tropical storm this week.

Kottlowski expects Tropical Storm Ian to continue on a north-northwest track along the periphery of a large high pressure area southwest of the Azores.

“On this projected path, Ian will remain in the central North Atlantic far removed from land,” Kottlowski said.

Any impacts from the storm are expected to remain well offshore of any land mass.

Shipping and cruise interests should continue to monitor the progress of the storm and review routes accordingly.


Elsewhere in the Atlantic Basin, an evolving area of low pressure southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands is being monitored for development.

"This low pressure area is expected to track into favorable conditions for development as it tracks west across the Atlantic, and could form into an organized tropical system this weekend or early next week," said Kottlowski.

Should this system develop into a tropical storm, the next named storm would be Karl.

A system crossing Florida strengthened into Tropical Storm Julia on Tuesday evening and will bring downpours to portions of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina through the end of the week.

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Meanwhile, in the East Pacific, Hurricane Orlene, which is currently located several hundred miles west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, continues to churn over open waters. At this time, the storm is not expected to be a threat to land.

While the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season is now in the rearview mirror (Sept. 10), climatology still favors additional tropical waves emerging from West Africa and potentially developing in the eastern tropical Atlantic, AccuWeather Meteorologist Jordan Root said.

Folks in the Caribbean and the United States should not let their guard down as the Atlantic hurricane season does not officially end until Nov. 30.

Content contributed by Andy Mussoline, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist

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