- Wanda evolved from the nor’easter that pounded the mid-Atlantic and New England at the start of last week.
- It is the 21st named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially runs until Nov. 30.
- Wanda is also the last name on the official 2021 list of storm names.
Tropical Storm Wanda, now reclassified from a subtropical storm, was spinning harmlessly in the open Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday, about 800 miles west of the Azores.
The system poses no threat to any land areas, the National Hurricane Center said. But shipping interests should prepare for rough seas in its path, AccuWeather warned. Wanda’s maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph, with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours, the hurricane center said.
Forecasters predict it will wobble around for several days before dissipating far from any coast. “Wanda is forecast to take a northeastward turn on Tuesday toward cooler waters,” AccuWeather meteorologist Thomas Geiger said.
While Wanda is no threat, hurricanes can and do form in the month of November, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Overall, since accurate records began in 1851, 49 hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic basin in November, NOAA said. But only five have made landfall in the U.S. That includes Category 2 Hurricane Kate, which hit Florida on Nov. 21, 1985, with winds of 100 mph.
Wanda evolved from the nor’easter that pounded the mid-Atlantic and New England at the start of last week, then drifted out over the open northern Atlantic, according to AccuWeather.
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The Atlantic had not had a named storm in its waters since Victor formed over the far eastern part of the basin from Sept. 29 to Oct. 4.
Wanda is the 21st named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially runs until Nov. 30.
Wanda is also the last name on the official 2021 list of storm names. If another storm forms, it will have to use a name from a supplemental list, the first of which is Adria. That would be only the third time that meteorologists would have to use a supplemental list of names. The first was in 2005; the second was last year.
Elsewhere, a tropical wave has formed in the southwestern Caribbean, along the eastern coast of Costa Rica, according to the Hurricane Center. It’s expected to move onshore Tuesday. The disturbance will produce locally heavy rainfall across portions of southern Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama through Tuesday, which could result in flooding and mudslides, the hurricane center said.
Contributing: The Associated Press