Subtropical Storm Don formed in the Atlantic early Friday morning, the fourth named storm of the hurricane season, according to the National Hurricane Center.
As of 5 a.m. Saturday, the NHC reported that the center of the Don was 1,010 miles west of the Azores, moving north at 9 mph with a maximum sustained wind speed of 45 mph.
The Don will continue north and turn east on Sunday. It is predicted to turn to the southeast by Monday.
Winds of 40 miles per hour extend outward to 150 miles east of the center.
The latest satellite data shows a gradual weakening over the next few days, with the Don likely to become a post-tropical cyclone or residual low at any time.
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This is the first system to form in July after a busy June in which three systems were named.
Due to the growing El Niño effect worldwide, the formation of storms in the Atlantic and Caribbean will face wind shear, although warmer Atlantic waters in general can withstand this.
The hurricane season runs from June 1 to November. thirty.