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Tropical Storm Nigel forms in Central Atlantic

Florida will likely not be threatened as it re-curves east of Bermuda.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tropical Depression Fifteen is now officially Tropical Storm Nigel, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday.

Nigel is expected to become a Hurricane by Monday.

As of the National Hurricane Center's latest advisory, the tropical storm has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and is located about 990 miles east-southeast of Bermuda. Its movement is north-northwest at 12 mph.

Nigel will become a Category 2 hurricane, according to hurricane center forecasters.

Credit: 10 Tampa Bay

Weather computer models, including the European and American GFS, show the storm potentially impacting the island of Bermuda by mid-next week. It is almost guaranteed that the system will not affect Florida or the eastern seaboard.

However, the hurricane could generate increased waves and rip currents up and down the East Coast, including along Florida.

Credit: 10 Tampa Bay

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