Tropical storm forms in open Atlantic Ocean


An area of low pressure far out in the Atlantic Ocean that hurricane forecasters have been watching for several days was upgraded Monday morning to the season's ninth tropical storm.

At 11 a.m., the center of Tropical Storm Ian was 1,140 miles southeast of Bermuda and moving to the northwest at near 13 mph. The National Hurricane Center the storm had maximum sustained winds near 40 mph and a turn to the north-northwest is expected over the next day or two  On this forecast track, the center will continue to move over the Central Atlantic, then turn north and north-northeast later in the week, keeping it over the open ocean.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the center, which was only an issue for shipping interests in the area.