Tropical Storm Ian forms, won’t pose any threat to land

    An image depicting the potential of tropical storm force winds. (Image: NHC)

    An image depicting the potential of tropical storm force winds. (Image: NHC)

    The ninth tropical system of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season formed this morning. 

    As of 5 p.m. today, Tropical Storm Ian is over the high seas about 1,100 miles east-southeast of Bermuda, according to the National Hurricane Center. 

    As a “fish storm,” meaning that the cyclone will remain over the Atlantic Ocean and not threaten land, Ian is currently moving north-northwest but is expected to turn move northerly and then to the northeast in the coming days. 

    Other than Ian, the Atlantic basin is quiet. 

    Hurricane season peaked on Saturday, the day when tropical system activity is most likely to be occurring in the Atlantic basin due to favorable conditions (warm sea surface temperatures, moist air, and low wind shear), according to NOAA. 

    With over two months left in the current hurricane season, forecasters advise coastal residents to have a plan should a tropical system threaten or strike. 

    The 2016 hurricane season ends on Nov. 30.  

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.