Hurricane Martin expected to become post-tropical


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hurricane Martin is intensifying in the open waters of the North Atlantic.

As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, the center of Tropical Storm Martin was located 805 miles west-northwest of the Azores. Martin is moving toward the northeast near 46 mph.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 85 mph with higher gusts. Martin should get larger and stronger through tomorrow, then gradually lose strength from Thursday through the weekend, but remain a very large cyclone.

Hurricane-force winds extend 50 miles from the center, with tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 275 miles from the center.

Martin is the second named storm to form this week. Lisa developed Monday morning in the central Caribbean and is expected to make landfall in Central America.

Martin is the seventh hurricane in the Atlantic this season and the 13th named storm.

The storm will stay in the North Atlantic, well away from land. This will not impact Florida or the United States.

Hurricane season wraps up on Nov. 30.

About the Author:

David Heckard is The Weather Authority's Assistant Chief Meteorologist.