Tropical Storm Nigel Becomes 5th Hurricane of the Season, No Threat to Southeast, Major Hurricane Strength Expected
Tropical Storm Nigel has intensified into a hurricane in the Atlantic Basin, becoming the 5th hurricane to form since August 26. It is expected to reach major hurricane strength this week but will not impact the Southeast. There is also a 40% chance of development with a tropical wave departing the west coast of Africa. Nigel is forecasted to become a major hurricane and turn north, then northeast, remaining far from land. It is the 6th hurricane of the season and ties 2023 with 1955, 2004, and 2012 for the most Atlantic hurricanes on record to form between August 26 - September 18. The storm is expected to curve north-northeast out to sea. Another tropical depression, named Fifteen, is also expected to strengthen later this weekend over the tropical Atlantic. However, it is unlikely to be a threat to the East Coast.
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