Tropical Storm Warning Victor is expected to become a hurricane.


Tropical Storm Warning Victor is expected to become a hurricane.

The newest tropical storm of the 2021 hurricane season formed over the eastern Atlantic on Wednesday afternoon, earning the name Victor, the season’s second-to-last designation on the initial list.

Tropical Depression 20 had been assigned to the system, which formed Wednesday morning before quickly intensifying throughout the day. As of 5 a.m. Friday, it was about 630 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. It was heading northwest at 15 miles per hour.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Randy Adkins, conditions will be favorable for strengthening during the next few days.

“There will be a small window for the storm to grow into a hurricane,” Adkins said, “but increasing wind shear and drier air will likely reverse this trend, with a progressive drop of wind intensity probable later this weekend into next week.” “As it stands now, this storm will not represent a direct threat to land, however inhabitants in the Azores should keep a careful eye on its progress,” Adkins added, referring to the Azores, a group of islands in the Atlantic approximately 950 miles west of Portugal.

Tropical Storm Victor is expected to produce south to southwest steering breezes across the central Atlantic, according to forecasters. From this weekend into next week, these breezes will twist the system northward across the east-central region of the basin, well away from the Caribbean Islands, Bermuda, and North America.

Forecasters have been keeping an eye on two bands of unstable weather over the eastern Atlantic.

Another area of disturbed weather, commonly known as a tropical wave, a few hundred miles west of the tropical storm and several hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, appeared to be poorly organized as of Wednesday and had all but come apart by Thursday. Because of the delay in organization, this more western tropical wave is unlikely to develop into a tropical depression and storm.

Because this more western feature was more likely to reach the Leeward and Windward islands around the early or middle part of next week, the lack of development thus far is noteworthy for the Leeward and Windward islands. Increased wind shear near the Leewards and Windwards may allow the storm to form despite the delay in development.

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