The ninth named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season formed Wednesday morning, and it could become a long-lived hurricane with potential U.S. implications in about ten days.

The new storm takes on the name Irma because the former potential tropical cyclone (near the Mid-Atlantic states) never was officially named. As of 11 am Wednesday, Tropical Storm Irma had winds up to 50 mph and was located 420 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands. The storm was moving west at 13 mph and forecast to quickly intensify into a hurricane by Friday.

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