Harvey moves into North Atlantic
Tropical storm brushes Bermuda; depression No. 9 spotted
Tropical Storm Harvey is seen in this satellite image taken Thursday at 7:45 p.m. ET.
TROPICAL STORM HARVEY
5 p.m. ET Thursday
Position of center: 175 miles (280 kilometers) east of Bermuda
Latitude: 32.4 degrees north
Longitude: 61.8 degrees west
Top sustained winds: 65 mph (100 km/h)
Source: National Hurricane Center
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(CNN) -- Tropical Storm Harvey brushed Bermuda Thursday and moved over the open waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, where forecasters predicted it would linger for a few days.
At 5 p.m. ET, the storm was centered about 175 miles (280 kilometers) east of Bermuda, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.
Moving east-northeast near 12 mph (19 km/h), Harvey was expected to decrease in speed over the next 24 hours, a center advisory said.
Harvey had maximum sustained winds near 65 mph (100 km/h) as it began moving away from Bermuda, and forecasters said they did not expect it to strengthen significantly over the next 24 hours
On its current track, Harvey would not pose a threat to the U.S. mainland.
Forecasters initially thought Harvey might be near hurricane strength by the time it swiped Bermuda, after its winds strengthened by 20 mph in just three hours Wednesday. (Full story)
A hurricane watch was canceled for Bermuda early Thursday. Forecasters said rainfall accumulations of 1 to 2 inches were expected.
Forecasters said Harvey was the earliest-forming eighth tropical storm on record.
Meanwhile, the hurricane center said it was watching newly formed tropical depression No. 9 about 695 miles (1,115 kilometers) west of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands off West Africa.
With sustained winds of 30 mph (45 km/h), the depression was moving westward at near 12 mph (19 km/h) as of 5 p.m. ET and was expected to continue with the same motion during the next 24 hours, a center advisory said.
On Tuesday, U.S. government experts revised their hurricane forecast upward, saying they expect three to five major hurricanes in the final four months of the hurricane season. (Full story)
"This may well be one of the most active Atlantic hurricane seasons on record," National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Director David Johnson said in a statement.
A record seven tropical storms formed in the first two months of the season.
Two of them became major hurricanes, Dennis and Emily, reaching Category 4 status on the Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength with 135 mph (217 kph) winds.
Dennis also became the earliest Category 4 hurricane recorded in the Caribbean basin.
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