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Subtropical Depression Five has formed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean but it is no threat to land, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration revised its hurricane season forecast earlier this month, advising people that the Atlantic hurricane season will be less active than usual.

Subtropical Storm Ernesto is continuing to churn northward Wednesday night, beginning a slow turn that will take it away from the US and Canada. Only Hurricane Chris in early July was not subtropical at some point in its life cycle this season. And, good news, this will be the second system in a row that will have absolutely no impact to the United States of America.

At 11 a.m. Ernesto was about 695 miles east of Cape Race, Newfoundland - or well over 2,000 miles from South Florida.

It had winds of 45 miles per hour (75 kph) Wednesday and forecasters say it might grow become a hurricane on Thursday. Additional strengthening is possible this week. Forecasters say it is likely to strengthen into a Category 3 hurricane by Friday night. Eventually, the track of Ernesto will take it near Ireland and Scotland this weekend. "Let's not let our guards down though. hurricane season reaches its climatological peak next month".

There soon could be another storm that gets a name in the Atlantic, but it will not be tropical!


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