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New Atlantic Tropical Storm, No Threat to (American) Land

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Bad news: There’s a new Tropical Storm in the Atlantic. The good news, at least from our perspective: It won’t directly impact the United States.

Tropical Storm Claudette formed in the western Atlantic Ocean on Monday morning and strengthened on Monday afternoon to a middle-grade Tropical Storm, although it is now expected to weaken into Tuesday. Its maximum sustained winds, as of Monday afternoon, were 50 miles-per-hour, but it’s unlikely to strengthen far beyond that.

Centered about 250 miles southeast of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, the storm is moving fairly rapidly northeast and away from the Eastern Seaboard and into far cooler waters that should weaken the system by Tuesday. While no rain is expected to fall on the East Coast from the storm, surf could be a bit higher from southeast Massachusetts through the New Hampshire and Maine coastlines over the next day or two. Gale warnings are also in place well offshore from the East Coast.

But while the storm’s impacts on the U.S. are expected to be minimal at best, a nasty Wednesday of weather is anticipated for parts of the Canadian maritime thanks to Claudette. Its impacts on New Foundland and northern Nova Scotia are expected to be similar to that of a potent Nor’easter – a wintertime storm known for often delivering heavy precipitation and gusty winds to both the America and Canada’s eastern shorelines. Heavy rain and winds gusting to 50 or 60 miles-per-hour can be expected for both Canadian provinces on Wednesday, along with high surf.

Claudette is the third named storm of the season – roughly average pace-wise for mid-July – but no hurricanes have developed in the Atlantic basin yet. A strong El Nino coupled with cooler than average sea-surface temperatures in the western Atlantic and eastern Caribbean are expected to keep tropical activity mostly in check this season. The Atlantic, for now, is calm other than Claudette, with no new systems brewing over the next week at least.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on this system and through tropical season.

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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