Tropical Storm Michael forms; Leslie threatens Bermuda

  • Tropical Storm Michael became the 13th named storm of the season on Tuesday.
Tropical Storm Michael became the 13th named storm of the season… (National Hurricane Center )
September 04, 2012|By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

Tropical Storm Michael, the 13th named storm of the hurricane season, has formed in the Atlantic as of 11 a.m. Tuesday. The storm poses no threat to land at the moment.

Tropical Storm Leslie, meanwhile, is struggling to Michael's west but could still become a hurricane that could affect Bermuda.

Michael had 40 mph winds as of Tuesday morning, and was 1,200 miles southwest of the Azores, in the middle of the ocean. The storm is expected to move slowly northward but isn't much of a concern.

Leslie is also moving slowly as strong wind shear threatens its development, but forecasters suspect it could pick up speed and reach hurricane force winds by early Friday. That could have it reach Bermuda by early Sunday. It is currently 525 miles southeast of the island with 65 mph winds.

The storm is expected to cause surf to swell up and down the East Coast for the next several days.

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