MONDAY MORNING UPDATE:
Edouard strengthened into a hurricane Sunday in the open waters of the central Atlantic, posing no threat to land (but certainly causing marine impacts).
As of Monday morning, the hurricane is a category 2 storm, but further intensification is expected over the next day.
Edouard will pass well east of the tiny island of Bermuda, not impacting any land the rest of this week as it turns north and northeast over the cooler North Atlantic waters.
PREVIOUS UPDATE FRIDAY MORNING:
RICHMOND, Va. – A new storm formed Thursday in the eastern Atlantic, initially named Tropical Depression Six. This is the same disturbance we’ve been tracking this week as it moved off of the west coast of Africa, south of the Cape Verde Islands and into the open waters of the eastern Atlantic (see the blue line on the map below).
Even though this system is far away from any land sensors or airplanes, satellites were able to detect a well-defined circulation with organized convective banding near that low pressure center of circulation, which are classic characteristics of a tropical system.
Late Thursday night, the National Hurricane Center named this system Tropical Storm Edouard. Here’s the 5AM Friday info on the system:
As it looks now, this storm will not impact any landmasses into at least the middle of next week, with a potential complete miss of the US East Coast indicated by longer-range computer scenarios. However, a lot can change between now and later next week, so follow our updates on the storm and track anything in the tropics with our CBS 6 Hurricane Tracker.
We’re literally only halfway through the season (September 10 is the statistical midway point of the Atlantic tropical season). We have a long road before November 30 marks the official end of the season.
Stay with CBS 6, we’ll keep you ahead of the storm.