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Edouard forms; forecast to stay in open Atlantic

Tropical Storm Edouard forecast track (11pm 09/11/2014)
Posted at 11:23 PM, Sep 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-11 23:23:00-04

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) -- The season's fifth tropical storm has formed in the wide-open waters of the Atlantic Ocean

Tropical Storm Edouard has peak winds of 40 mph and is moving west-northwest at 13 mph.  The storm is located over 1,000 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands in the eastern Atlantic, or over 2,800 miles from the Big Bend region.

Edouard, pronounced "eh-DWARD" according to World Meteorological Organization guidelines, will stay over warmer-than-average water temperatures in the southern latitudes of the north Atlantic, but will encounter a patch of drier air and faster upper-level winds which will slow any strengthening efforts.  The warmer waters will lend help in intensification in the long-range forecast.  Edouard is projected to become a hurricane by early next week.

The forecast track shows a mainly northwestward course through early next week, keeping the system far away from any populated land masses.