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Tropical Storm Jerry forms, unlikely to affect land

Tropical WeatherTropical Storm Jerry (2013)

Tropical Storm Jerry formed in the middle of the Atlantic on Monday morning, but it's not forecast to make landfall anywhere.

The tenth tropical cyclone of the season is ahead of the climatological norm; a J-named storm typically doesn't arrive until Oct. 19. Still, the season has been relatively quiet compared to what forecasters had expected earlier this year.

Jerry is about 1,200 miles from Bermuda, and isn't forecast to get much closer to North America anytime soon. The storm's forecast cone has it spinning around in the middle of the ocean for the next several days, a "slow and erratic motion," according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm had maximum winds of 40 mph, just about the bare minimum for tropical cyclone status. It could strengthen slightly in the coming days, forecasters said.

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