Current Storm Gaston becomes the seventh cyclone of the season in the central Atlantic

Tropical Storm Gaston formed in the central Atlantic on Tuesday, but unlike Hurricane Fiona and a disturbance off the coast of South America, Gaston will continue to revolve primarily over open water.

Gaston was last reported about 1,000 miles away from the Azores Islands and has the potential to strengthen into a strong tropical storm due to abnormally warm waters.

The National Hurricane Center estimated maximum sustained winds to be around 40 mph with higher gusts moving north.

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Follow Storm Gaston
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The FOX Forecast Center expects the control current that leads Gaston to collapse in the coming days, causing the tropical storm to meander across the North Atlantic.

Naval interests and residents of the Azores are encouraged to monitor the progress of the cyclone with possible consequences.

The Azores are about 900 miles off the coast of Europe and nearly 3,900 miles off the US east coast.

The swell caused by the tropical storm is expected to reach the Azores later this week. This swell is likely to cause life-threatening surf and current conditions.

The Projected Path and Intensity of Tropical Storm Gaston
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Two other systems are also currently being monitored in the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Fiona and Invest 98L, which could become the next Tropical Depression and possibly Tropical Storm Hermine in the coming days.

An overview of the tropics in the Atlantic basin.
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