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Tropical Storm Nichole Forms 500 Miles From Puerto Rico

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Satellite image of Tropical Storm Nichole

SAN JUAN — Tropical Storm Nicole formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm was located at 11 a.m. Tuesday about 525 miles northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The storm is traveling northwest at 8 mph with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.

There are no coastal watches or warning in effect.

It formed about 525 miles (840 kilometers) northeast of San Juan today the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Nicole, currently packing maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour, is moving toward the northwest, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

An image of Nicole in the Atlantic Ocean was taken by NOAA’s GOES-East satellite on Oct. 4 at 12:45 p.m. EDT. The imagery showed that the low-level center is near the western edge of the strongest thunderstorms.

As cruise ships maneuver away from Hurricane Matthew, now there’s another tropical cyclone to avoid in the western Atlantic Ocean.

National Hurricane Center forecaster Richard Pasch said, “The cloud pattern associated with the low pressure system to the northeast of Puerto Rico has become better organized, with some banding features having developed over the eastern portion of the circulation, and ASCAT data indicates that the circulation is now well-defined.”

At 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC) on Oct. 4 the center of Nicole was located near 23.8 degrees north latitude and 60.4 degrees west longitude.

That’s about 525 miles (840 km) northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Nicole was moving toward the northwest near 8 mph (13 kph) and a turn toward the north-northwest with a decrease in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days.

The National Hurricane Center expects little change in strength for the next day or so, followed by gradual weakening.

It appears to be heading for Bermuda.

For forecast updates on Nicole, visit the National Hurricane Center page: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

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