Tropical Storm swirls off Bermuda, new storm revs up

MIAMI, (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Jose formed near  Bermuda yesterday, becoming the 10th named storm of the 2011  Atlantic hurricane season, U.S. forecasters said.

Jose looked set to be short-lived and to have little impact on land. But the U.S. National Hurricane Center said another  tropical weather system was revving up off the coast of Africa,  posing a bigger potential threat for later this week.

At 8 p.m. EDT (midnight GMT), the Miami-based hurricane  center said Jose was 125 miles (205 km) north-northwest of  Bermuda and churning northward over the central Atlantic  Ocean.

The storm was packing top sustained winds of 45 miles (75  km) per hour and little change in strength was expected before  it headed out further to sea on Monday.

Weather watchers were also keeping an eye on Sunday on a  cluster of showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical  wave hundreds of miles south of the Cape Verde islands off West  Africa.

In an updated forecast on Sunday night, the hurricane  center said the system had a “high” or “near 100 percent”  chance of becoming a tropical cyclone within 48 hours.

If the system becomes a tropical storm it will be named  Katia but it was too soon to gauge its possible threat to the  U.S. East Coast or energy interests in the Gulf of Mexico with  any confidence.

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