Tropical Storm Gaston to turn into hurricane by Wednesday

MIAMI, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Gaston, which formed Monday and is making its way through the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, is expected to turn into a hurricane by Wednesday.

The storm system is not yet expected to be a threat to land. Tropical Storm Gaston — with maximum winds of 50 mph — is moving west-northwest at a speed of 18 mph. The storm was about 550 miles west from the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands as of early Tuesday.

“Tropical Storm Gaston advisory 2 issued. Tropical depression strengthens into the seventh tropical storm of the season,” the National Weather Service said in a statement. “Additional strengthening is forecast, and Gaston is expected to become a hurricane by Wednesday.”

Meanwhile, about 1,000 miles due east of Miami, Fiona is barely holding on as a tropical depression, the National Hurricane Center reported Tuesday morning. That storm isn’t expected to hit land and no storm watches or warnings were in place.



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