As Hurricane Boris winds down in the open waters of the Pacific, another tropical storm the third in a week has been named in the Pacific.
Tropical Storm Douglas formed today off the coast of Mexico and packs sustained winds of 40 mph.
It is the fourth named storm in the eastern Pacific this season, and the third in a week. Its predecessor, Boris, became the season's first hurricane.
So far, only Tropical Storm Alma, which formed in late May and soaked Central America in the first days of June, has affected people on land.
Boris, headed in the general direction of Hawaii, is expected to dissipate before reaching land. Tropical Storm Douglas could produce heavy rains along portions of the southwestern coast of Mexico, between Cardenas and Puerto Vallarta.
Storm watchers in the United States typically watch the Atlantic basin more closely, because the more destructive storms are more likely to form there.
There, a well-defined tropical wave in the far eastern Atlantic, some 300 miles southeast of the Cape Verde Islands, is becoming better organized. But even if it forms into a tropical storm forms (it would be named Bertha, Arthur having arrived right at the start of the season June 1), it would not even become a tropical depression for a couple of days, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The forecast from the government's Climate Prediction Center says it's likely that 2008 will be an active year for hurricanes in the Atlantic basin, which includes the Caribbean. The hurricane season officially begins June 1, though storms typically reach a peak in late summer.
Tropical Storm Alma brought heavy rains and winds to the Central American nations of Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala after forming May 29.
Hurricane Boris formed near Baja California and headed west into the Pacific, before reaching hurricane strength July 1.
Tropical Storm Cristina formed near Hawaii June 29 but dissipated before making landfall.
Tropical Storm Douglas formed July 2 and threatened to dump heavy rains on portions of southwest Mexico.Elida
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