Subtropical depression forms far off in north Atlantic

Subtropical depression forms far off in north Atlantic

The term "subtropical" means the system now lacks the symmetrical characteristics of most tropical storms.

If named this week, it could be the fourth Subtropical Storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

A subtropical storm is similar to a tropical storm in that it develops over the open ocean waters and, like a tropical storm, it has winds of at least 39 miles per hour.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the Atlantic's Subtropical Storm Ernesto had maximum sustained winds Wednesday near 40 miles per hour (65 kph) with some additional strengthening is possible over the next day.

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People living there, or in Portugal, Spain and the Democratic Republic of the Congo don't typically have to think about tropical weather systems - but Ernesto is closer to them than to South Florida.

So why is it considered subtropical and why are these types of storms given names?

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the storm's center.

The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, "At 500 AM AST [0900 UTC], the center of Subtropical Depression Five was located near latitude 37.6 North, longitude 45.6 West". Debby was also classified as a Subtropical Storm. A return to easterly winds will bring an end to the numerous morning storms that we saw this week.

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