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Gordon Named as Seventh Atlantic Tropical Storm of 2012

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Aug. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Tropical Storm Gordon became the seventh named storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.

The system has maximum winds of 40 miles (64 kilometers) per hour, above the 39 mph threshold required to be classified as a tropical storm. It’s moving north-northwest at 14 mph, the agency said in an advisory shortly before 5 a.m. New York time.

Gordon is 585 miles east of Bermuda and 1,615 miles west of the Azores, the Miami-based NHC said in a posting on its website.

“Interests in the Azores should monitor the progress of Gordon,” the NHC said on its website. “There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.”

Six named storms have formed this year including Hurricane Ernesto, which struck Mexico last week, killing at least two people and causing widespread flooding. The Atlantic season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30 and U.S. forecasters expect 12 to 17 storms to form in the basin.

The remnants of Ernesto later reformed into Hector in the Pacific, where it degenerated into a tropical depression yesterday.

To contact the reporter on this story: Matthew Brown in London at mbrown42@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net

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