(CMR) According to the National Hurricane Center, the second named storm of the season has formed; Tropical Storm Bill formed overnight in the open Atlantic, making it the second named storm of the season.
Forecasters are also watching two other disturbances, one of which is forecast to develop into a tropical depression later this week in the Gulf of Mexico and could bring 7 to 10 inches of rain to the Gulf Coast, including the Panhandle.
Bill was moving quickly northeast in the Atlantic near 31 mph with maximum sustained winds near 50 mph with higher gusts, according to the hurricane center’s 5 a.m. Tuesday advisory. The storm was about 240 miles southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and about 460 miles south-southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The hurricane center forecasts that the storm will be short-lived. It is expected to weaken Tuesday night into a post-tropical low and should dissipate by Wednesday as it moves over colder waters near eastern Newfoundland.