Tropical Storm Fiona could be gaining strength and heading west, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said on Tuesday. The tropical storm took form in the south Atlantic Ocean on Monday and forecasters expected it to follow the path of Hurricanes Earl and Danielle.
In an advisory on Tuesday at 5 p.m. EDT, forecasters said Fiona formed roughly 900 miles east of the Leeward Islands with maximum winds of 40 miles per hour. The storm was heading west at 24 miles per hour and expected to head in a west-northwest direction but change direction towards the northwest on Wednesday.
As of Tuesday, no storm warnings or watches had been issued for the region.
In related news, Hurricane Earl churned across the Atlantic Tuesday with 135 mph winds, but was still 1,070 miles from Cape Hatteras, N.C., at 11 a.m. EDT, forecasters said.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Earl was expected to maintain Category 4 status for the next day or two.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency Monday urged residents along the East Coast to prepare for severe weather, CNN reported.