Tropical Storm Erin formed Thursday morning as it heads west northwest across the far eastern Atlantic. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 MPH.
"Erin will strengthen over the next day or two but may meet the same fate as its predecessors as it encounters dry air in about 3 or 4 days," said Storm Team 2 Meteorologist Josh Marthers.
The 2013 season has been characterized by a large area of Saharan dust suspended over the central Tropical Atlantic which has disrupted any Cape Verde storms so far.
"Tropical cyclones can't stand dry air, it is their nemesis," added Marthers. "As long as that layer of dust stays in place, any system will have a tough time getting its wings."
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