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Tropical Storm Rina forms, 17th named storm

TS Rina forms in the Atlantic

Thanksgiving is about two weeks away, but don't tell Rina that.

Rina is the name given to Tropical Depression 19, currently churning the waters of the central Atlantic Ocean. The storm was named Monday after it strengthened enough to qualify for a name. Only slight strengthening is expected as the storm moves toward the north. The storm is not forecast to threaten land and should begin to weaken later in the week as it reaches cooler North Atlantic Waters.

Here is the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center:

NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL192017

500 AM AST Tue Nov 07 2017

...RINA MOVING NORTHWARD OVER THE OPEN ATLANTIC...

SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST...0900 UTC...INFORMATION

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LOCATION...31.4N 49.8W

ABOUT 880 MI...1420 KM E OF BERMUDA

ABOUT 1370 MI...2200 KM WSW OF THE AZORES

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...40 MPH...65 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 5 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...19 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1009 MB...29.80 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

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There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK

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At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Rina was

located near latitude 31.4 North, longitude 49.8 West. Rina is

moving toward the north near 12 mph (19 km/h). This general

motion accompanied by an increase in forward speed is expected

through today. A turn toward north-northeast is forecast to occur

by Wednesday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts.

Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km)

from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure of 1009 mb (29.80 inches) is

based on recent reports from a nearby buoy.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

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None.


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