Tampa Weather Today: Nigel expected ‘rapidly intensify’ into major hurricane

Nigel has officially intensified overnight into a hurricane, becoming the 14th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

Nigel is forecast to swiftly strengthen by Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is positioned approximately 935 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and is moving northwest at around 12 mph, according to the NHC.

Nigel is expected to shift north late Tuesday and then speed northeastward for the remainder of the week.

Nigel’s winds have accelerated to 80 miles per hour, with greater gusts. Meteorologists predict Nigel will rapidly strengthen into a major hurricane on Tuesday. It may begin to weaken late Wednesday.

According to the NHC outlook for Monday, Nigel will remain at sea. The NHC is also keeping an eye on two disturbances in the Atlantic.

By Wednesday, a tropical cyclone is expected to form off the west coast of Africa. The NHC predicts that a tropical depression may form late this week or this weekend as the system moves westward through the eastern and central tropical Atlantic.

Over the following seven days, the system has a 70% chance of forming.

A non-tropical low pressure system is expected to emerge near the southeastern coast of the United States later this week. If the system persists offshore, it may develop subtropical features this weekend, according to the NHC.

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