Tropical Storm Dorian forms in the Atlantic Ocean

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The fourth system of the Atlantic Tropical Season now has a name.

The National Hurricane center has upgraded Dorian to tropical storm status, packing winds of 50 mph, moving west-northwest at 18 mph.

Right now, Dorian is positioned at 14.3N, 29.9 W, or in the open waters of the Southern Atlantic Ocean near the Cape Verde Islands just off the coast of Africa.

However, the storm is forecast to continue moving in this general direction over the next five days, placing it closer to the Caribbean Sea and the Bahamas.

The intensity of the storm is expected to fluctuate as it encounters various factors including warm sea waters, but also areas of high vertical wind shear.

Action 4 News will continue to watch this storm into the next few days.

So far in 2013, we have seen 3 named storms: Tropical Storm Andrea, Tropical Storm Barry, and Tropical Storm Chantal.

Andrea is the only storm that made landfall in the U.S., in Dixie County, Florida.

NOAA 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook:

-13-20 named storms-7-11 possible hurricanes-3-6 major hurricanes

Average Season: 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes, 3 major hurricanes