Tropical Storm Wilfred forms in the eastern Atlantic

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MIAMI (AP) – Tropical Storm Wilfred has formed in the eastern Atlantic, using the last of the traditional names for tropical systems in a record setting Atlantic hurricane season. The storm’s maximum sustained winds Friday morning are near 40 mph.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says slight strengthening was possible during the day but weakening should start over the weekend. Wilfred was centered about 630 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands and was moving west-northwest near 17 mph.

The storm comes amid a very active hurricane season in the Atlantic and “Wilfred” is the last name on the Hurricane Center’s list of storm names for the season. If there is another tropical storm this season, the names switch to the Greek alphabet and it will be named Alpha.

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