Hurricane Vince forms in far eastern Atlantic making it 11th hurricane of season

Hurricane Vince formed in the far eastern Atlantic, making it the 11th hurricane of the season, forecasters said.

The Category 1 hurricane was moving away from the United States Sunday and posed no immediate threat to land, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. "It's very far away. It couldn't get farther away," said Richard Pasch, a hurricane specialist at the center. "It's headed for Spain. It's not going to reach there. It will likely merge with a cold front."

At 11 p.m. EDT (0300 GMT), Vince's center was about 565 miles (910 kilometers) east-southeast of the Azores and about 125 miles (200 kilometers) north-northwest of the Madeira Islands. It was moving northeast at about 7 mph (11 kph) with top sustained winds of near 75 mph (120 kph). A gradual increase in forward speed was expected during the next 24 hours, the hurricane center said.

Forecasters said Vince would begin weakening Monday and was mainly a hazard for ships in the eastern Atlantic.

Earlier Sunday, Vince formed as a tropical storm between the Azores and the Canary Islands over waters that are cooler than what is typically needed for a tropical storm, said Chris Sisko, a meteorologist at hurricane center. Vince appeared to be the farthest east and north that a tropical storm has formed in the Atlantic, taking shape over water of 73 to 75 degrees (22.7 to 23.8 Celsius), below the 80 degrees (26.7 Celsius) usually needed for a tropical storm, reports the AP. I.L.

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