FLORIDA, United States, Wednesday September 14, 2016 – The ninth and tenth tropical storms of the Atlantic Hurricane Season won’t be a problem for the Caribbean. Neither Tropical Storm Ian nor Tropical Storm Julia pose any threat to the islands.
The stronger of the two, Ian, formed late Monday in the central Atlantic Ocean, well to the northeast of the Lesser Antilles and southeast of Bermuda.
This morning it was located more than 700 miles east-southeast of Bermuda, carrying maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour with higher gusts. The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said it is expected to strengthen as it moves north then northeast into the open Atlantic, but it is not forecast to become a hurricane.
Tropical Storm Ian poses no threat to any land masses over the next five days. It’s likely to spin harmlessly across the open waters of the Atlantic and become non-tropical by this weekend, the NCH said.
Tropical Storm Julia, on the other hand, will have a much shorter life as a storm.
It formed late last night and is now spinning inland across southeast Georgia.
The NHC said Julia, which has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, will continue to crawl northward, while weakening to a tropical depression later today. By tomorrow, the system is expected to become a remnant low over Georgia.