Tropical Storm Fiona Is Getting Stronger in the Atlantic Ocean

( National Hurricane Center)

MIAMI—The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Fiona is getting a little stronger as it moves across the Atlantic.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Thursday have increased to near 45 mph (75 kph). Additional strengthening is possible Thursday followed by slow weakening by the weekend.

Fiona is centered about 1,080 miles (1,740 kilometers) west of the Cape Verde Islands and is moving west-northwest near 16 mph (26 kph).

AccuWeather senior meteorologist Dave Samuhel said that there could be resistance against Fiona. “It’s going to have trouble doing a whole lot,” he said, according to the Palm Beach Post.

“The storm poses no threat to the Caribbean or any land at all through at least Monday, and likely well beyond,” said New Jersey State Climatologist David Robinson, according to USA Today. “At this point, it’s uncertain, but storms taking this initial track oftentimes just head right up through the North Atlantic. Maybe the greatest threat will turn out to be New Finland.

“As usual, people need to keep an eye on it,” he said.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says the 2016 hurricane season could be the most active season since 2012. Mid- to late-August is the busiest part of hurricane season launches.

Epoch Times contributed to this report.

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