Another storm forms as the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season heats up

By Phaedra Friend Troy

With Tropical Storm Colin still churning toward Bermuda, a new tropical disturbance has formed in the Atlantic.

Located about 650 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, the tropical disturbance currently has a 40 percent chance of strengthening into a tropical cyclone over the weekend. 

Look to PennEnergy and its daily Global Offshore Weather Report for up-to-date video coverage of offshore wind, waves and weather for the four busiest offshore regions worldwide, including the Gulf of Mexico.

Becoming better organized on Friday morning, the area of low pressure currently has associated showers and thunderstorms.

With the start of August, the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season has entered historically the most active time. Trusted hurricane predictors ImpactWeather and Colorado State University forecast an “extremely active” hurricane season

"The first week of August typically marks the real beginning to the hurricane season," revealed ImpactWeather lead hurricane meteorologist Chris Hebert in his TropicsWatch blog. "About 90-95% of all named storms occur between August 1 and October 15 in a typical season."

To date, three named storms have formed. Hurricane Alex and Tropical Storm Bonnie both disrupted offshore oil and natural gas production and forced operators and drillers to evacuate offshore facilities in the path of the storms.

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