Subtropical Storm Debby forms far out over the Atlantic

Subtropical storm 'Debby' forms in the North Atlantic

But as we head towards the peak of hurricane season, the lack of serious storms in the Atlantic so far this season does not mean that things can't change.

There have been three named Atlantic storms this year: Subtropical Storm Alberto formed in May, followed by hurricanes Beryl and Chris.

"The cloud pattern of Debby this morning is definitely typical of a tropical cyclone instead of a subtropical system with moderate convection wrapping around the center, and a well defined upper-level outflow in the eastern semicircle", forecasters said.

Big Island officials are taking precautions in advance of the storm nearing the state. Beachgoers are warned of strong breaking waves and currents that will make swimming hard and risky, the news site said.

The Category 4 storm is moving westward at 16 miles per hour.

Hurricane Hector, with 130 mph winds, is about 540 miles east-southeast of Hilo. "There is a reasonable chance that Hector will survive to cross the International Date Line early next week", said AccuWeather meteorologist Steve Travis.

West of Mexico, Hurricane John was forecast to strengthen into a major hurricane while heading to the northwest parallel to the shore.

Farther west was recently formed Tropical Storm Kristy, which had sustained winds of 50 miles per hour and could become a hurricane.

The tropical Atlantic remains cooler than normal and there is a relatively high potential that a weak El Niño develops in the next several months.

A tropical storm warning is still in effect for the Big Island as Hurricane Hector moves westward still as a strong Category 3 storm, bringing the threat of monster surf and strong winds on Wednesday. Debby will not be a threat to land.

The risk of a hurricane striking the United States during the remainder of the summer is lower than average, experts said in an updated seasonal forecast released Thursday.

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