Tropical Storm Norman forecast to reach hurricane strength today

Update: Tropical wave has 60% chance of becoming tropical depression

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, Hurricane Miriam featured 75 mph winds with higher gusts and was tracking west at 9 mph about 1,090 miles east-southeast of Hilo, according to forecasters at the Miami-based National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane FredAugust 30, 2015 - Tropical Storm Fred forms off the coast of West Africa.August 31, 2015 - Strengthens into a hurricane.

With the peak of hurricane season close at hand, there are signs that the tropical Atlantic may soon spring to life with the potential for direct impact on the coastal United States in the days ahead. It had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour.

Hurricane Lane unleashed torrents of rain and landslides that blocked roads on Hawaii's mostly rural Big Island on Thursday as residents and tourists in the state's biggest city braced for the unsafe storm to come their way.

It was located 1,230 miles east-southeast of Hilo and was moving west at 13 mph. The environment out in the eastern part of the Basin appears favorable for development and a depression could form over the Labor Day Weekend.

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It is expected turn toward the northwest and north through Friday night, when it will weaken, the CPHC said.

Tropical Storm KarenOctober 3 - Tropical Storm Karen forms in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.October 5 - Downgraded to a depression off the coast of Louisiana.

A hurricane warning indicates that tropical-storm-force winds of at least 74 mph are expected within 36 hours.

Tropical Storm BillJune 15, 2015 - Tropical Storm Bill forms in the northwest Gulf of Mexico.June 16, 2015 - Makes landfall on Matagorda Island, Texas.June 17, 2015 - Is downgraded to a tropical depression. NASA research has shown that storms with cloud top temperatures that cold (that are very high in the troposphere) have the capability to generate heavy rain. Rapid strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Norman is expected to become a hurricane later today, and possibly a major hurricane on Thursday, Aug. 30.

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