Subtropical Storm Ernesto forms over the Atlantic

Hawaii forecasters watching Tropical Storm Lane

With the Wednesday mid-morning update from the National Hurricane Center, Ernesto was named with sustained winds of 40mph.

The storm, which is moving north at 8 miles per hour, is the 5th named system of the season and has formed in a similar area to its predecessor, Tropical Storm Debby. A faster northeastward motion is forecast to occur on Thursday and Friday.

Subtropical Depression 5 formed in the north-central Atlantic and poses no threat to land.

As it's still very far away, it's too early to tell how the storm could affect the Hawaiian Islands.

Ernesto will spend the next day over marginally warm sea surface temperatures and in a low-shear environment - which will lead to some strengthening.

And even though the forecast calls for it to fizzle, it's interesting nonetheless.

Hurricane Lane continues to strengthen in the East Pacific and could become a Category 4 storm when it crosses into the Central Pacific basin, according to officials with the National Hurricane Center.

The storm continues to move just south of due west at about 12 kt.

Lane is forecast to become a hurricane on Friday and could become a major hurricane on Saturday.

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