MIAMI, Sept. 12 (UPI) — Now that Hermine has passed, the National Hurricane Center is looking toward the next storm, Ian, which has formed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
Tropical Storm Ian first formed off the coast of Africa last week, forecasters said, and was positioned mid-Monday about 900 miles northeast of the British Virgin Islands.
Ian should move northward in the Atlantic and is not expected to affect land anywhere this week.
By the weekend, meteorologists say, Ian will weaken into a sub-tropical storm and likely be gone by next week.
Ian is the ninth named storm of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season. Four — Alex, Earl, Gaston and Hermine — became hurricanes.
The Pacific season has so far seen 15 named storms of tropical storm or hurricane strength. Lester and Madeline brought severe weather to Hawaii earlier this month and Newton battered Mexico and the U.S. Southwest last week.
The 15th storm, Hurricane Orlene, was swirling in the Pacific Ocean on Monday, located about 700 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.