Tropical Storm Lorenzo, the 12th of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, is about 635 east-southeast of Bermuda Tuesday night.
The 12th tropical storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season formed Monday night about 635 miles east-southeast of Bermuda.
Tropical Storm Lorenzo is expected to remain over the open waters of the Atlantic as it moves north-northeast. The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center shows Lorenzo weakening to a depression by Thursday afternoon.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationís climate experts predicted in early August that as many as 13 to 19 named storms and six to nine hurricanes could form during the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. As of Oct. 21, two hurricanes and 12 named storms have formed.
The peak months of the Atlantic basin hurricane season are August through October, and about 55 percent of tropical storms and hurricanes form during the months of September and October. Pinellas Countyís Emergency Management Department reminds residents that strong and destructive storms such as last yearís Hurricane Sandy, Wilma in 2005 and the 1921 Tampa Bay Hurricane all made landfall in October.