Tropical Storm Vicky forms off Africa; expected to be ‘short-lived’

Sept. 14 (UPI) — A disturbance off the western coastline of Africa strengthened into Tropical Storm Vicky on Monday, but forecasters don’t expect it to last long.

In an 8 p.m. EDT advisory, the National Hurricane Center said Vicky was located 430 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. It had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was moving northwest at 7 mph.

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Vicky, which had previously been known as tropical depression 21, is the 20th tropical storm of the 2020 season and set a new early record for a “V” named storm.

The NHC said in its advisory that it expects Vicky to be “short-lived.”

“Weakening is expected to begin by Tuesday night and Vicky is forecast to degenerate to a remnant low on Thursday,” it said.

Vicky is not expected to affect land.

The storm joins several others that are in the Atlantic Basin: Tropical Storms Sally and Teddy, Hurricane Paulette and Tropical Depression Rene. There are also two other disturbances, one near the African coast and one in the Gulf of Mexico.

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