Subtropical depression strengthens into Subtropical Storm Ernesto

Tropical Storm Lane 2-day graphical weather outlook. PC NOAA  NHC

People living there, or in Portugal, Spain and the Democratic Republic of the Congo don't typically have to think about tropical weather systems - but Ernesto is closer to them than to South Florida. The system has about two days to develop into a pure tropical storm before the environment becomes hostile for development.

The term "subtropical" means the system now lacks the symmetrical characteristics of most tropical storms.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 miles per hour with higher gusts, and Lane is forecast to become a hurricane on Friday and could become a major hurricane on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center says.

The storm does not now pose a threat to any land.

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Meanwhile, the Pacific's Tropical Storm Lane is 1,285 miles (2,065 kilometres) southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula and is heading west at 13 mph (20 kph). As early as Thursday however, the National Hurricane Center expects Ernesto to no longer be tropical.

Ernesto is the fifth named storm of 2018 and the fourth storm to be called subtropical at some point this year. But forecasters are urging Hawaii residents to watch Lane closely as it marches closer to the Central Pacific.

The National Hurricane Center started giving names to these types of storms in 2002.

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