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Tropical Storm Claudette Forms Just Off Atlantic Coast of US

A disturbance moving swiftly along off the coast of the Northeast United States is quickly developing and has become the third tropical storm of the season in the Atlantic Basin.

Tropical Storm Claudette has overcome strong winds aloft and has developed over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream on Monday. Claudette joins tropical storms Ana and Bill from earlier in the season.

In a bulletin issued on Tuesday, July 13, 2015, at 12:30 p.m. EDT, the National Hurricane Center stated that it would begin issuing advisories on the new tropical storm during Tuesday afternoon.

As of the early afternoon hours on Tuesday, EDT, Claudette was located about 285 miles south-southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts.

While steering winds will take the system rapidly off to the northeast through Tuesday, the system will become strong enough, quickly enough to cause seas to build offshore, then perhaps send a brief period of rough surf to the upper mid-Atlantic and New England beaches.

According to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski, "The system may continue to strengthen into Monday night but will weaken as it moves over colder waters by Tuesday."

During Tuesday, Claudette will be just offshore of Nova Scotia, Canada, where it can bring locally heavy rain and rough seas. These conditions will spread into part of Newfoundland later Tuesday night into Wednesday.

Offshore fishing, shipping and cruise interests should monitor the development, track and strength of this system into midweek.

"There is the potential for another disturbance to develop off the mid-Atlantic coast late this week," Kottlowski said."

Disruptive winds aloft and dry, dusty air from Africa will keep the rest of the Atlantic Basin quiet.