TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Nigel is on track to becoming the next hurricane of the 2023 Atlantic season, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Nigel is expected to form overnight into Monday.
In its 11 p.m. advisory, the NHC said Tropical Storm Nigel strengthened again with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, a big jump from the morning.
The center of Tropical Storm Nigel was said to be about 990 miles east-southeast of Bermuda, as it moved north-northwest at 12 mph.
“Nigel is expected to become a major hurricane by the middle of the week, but will move toward the north and be a fish storm,” Max Defender 8 meteorologist Eric Stone said.
Meanwhile, the NHC is tracking another area of interest off the west coast of Africa.
A tropical wave is expected to move off the coast Wednesday and could be a tropical depression later this week, according to forecasters.
The NHC said this system currently has a 50% chance of development over the next seven days.
Near the east coast of Georgia and the Carolinas sits a disturbance with a 20% chance of development. The system is expected to move north or northwestward.