ORLANDO, Fla. — Debby transitioned to a tropical storm this morning with a greater concentration of storms near its center.
- Debby expected to dissipate by Thursday; no threat to land
- Pacific active with three-named storms
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The tropical storm is located around 1,150 miles west-northwest of The Azores, with winds sustained at 45 mph as it picks up speed to the northeast at 12 mph.
Debby will continue traveling northeast Wednesday and is already moving into cooler waters. It will not sustain its strength for much longer.
The storm should dissipate by Thursday over the far northern Atlantic, posing no threat to land.
Elsewhere in the tropics, the Atlantic basin remains quiet thanks to high amounts of Saharan dust in the upper atmosphere and cooler than average sea surface temperatures. Strong wind shear over the Caribbean is also keeping activity from developing.
Meanwhile, the Pacific remains active with three named storms. The strongest is major category 3 Hurricane Hector, sliding just south of the Big Island of Hawaii today, where a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect.
Although the strongest winds will stay out over the water, outer bands may brush the island; rough surf and hazardous seas will also be a threat. John, Kristy, and the remnant low of Ileana are following up Hector in a very busy East Pacific basin.