New storm forms

A new storm system approaching the Caribbean could prove a greater threat than Tropical Storm Debby.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | August 24, 2006


A new storm system approaching the Caribbean could prove a greater threat than Tropical Storm Debby. The new storm could reach tropical depression or tropical storm status as early as Thursday, forecasters said.

Forecasters said the system is well-organized and is the one to watch. Hurricane Hunter aircraft will visit it later on Thursday. The next named storm will be Ernesto, and conditions are favorable for strengthening as it moves over the warm waters of the Caribbean, forecasters said.

The system will affect the Caribbean's Windward Islands on Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Meanwhile Debby is staying away from land so far. The storm remained off the coast of the Cape Verde islands in the eastern Atlantic, some 350 miles off the African coast. Some tracks had the storm staying out to sea and not reaching the United States. Debby had 45-mph winds, and was expected to slowly strengthen.

Debby is the fourth named storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season.

The peak of the season commonly runs from mid-August through October. At least some forecasters have said they expect a burst of tropical storms over the next four weeks.


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