Tropical Storm Erin forms off Africa

     The National Hurricane Center's five day forecast for Tropical Storm Erin. (Image: Weather Underground)

    The National Hurricane Center's five day forecast for Tropical Storm Erin. (Image: Weather Underground)

    Tropical Storm Erin formed near the Cape Verde Islands today, becoming the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

    The storm is heading away from Africa, with no threat to land for the foreseeable future.

    Modest strengthening is expected for a few days, courtesy of a “moist, low-shear environment,” before hitting a drier, more stable environment and weakening later, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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