Two Storms Swirl in East Atlantic
MIAMI (AP) _ Two tropical storms swirled off the coast of West Africa today even as Hurricane Georges pummeled islands in the Caribbean.
Tropical Storm Jeanne formed in the eastern Atlantic on Monday afternoon, just one day after the appearance of Ivan.
``This is the ninth tropical cyclone to form in the Atlantic during the past 33 days,″ hurricane specialist Ed Rappaport of the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory.
It was only the third system in more than 100 years to become a tropical storm so far east, Rappaport said.
At 5 a.m. EDT, Jeanne’s center was about 180 miles south of the Cape Verde Islands. The storm was moving west-northwest near 18 mph with top winds near 50 mph.
Forecasters expected Jeanne to pass to the south of the Cape Verde Islands, but if the storm turns more northwest, the islands could experience tropical storm conditions late Tuesday.
Tropical storm force winds extend as far as 105 miles from the center, and forecasters expect some strengthening in the next 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Ivan was moving away from land.
At 5 a.m., Ivan was centered about 770 miles west-northwest of the Cape Verde Islands. It was headed north near 13 mph, a course it was expected to hold through Tuesday, with top winds near 50 mph.