MIAMI: A new hurricane formally named Kerry last night by the Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, has formed off the coast of the United States. Hurricane trackers have been following the former tropical storm every since it mysteriously formed off the Vietnam coast, then some how stayed formed and flew across the Middle East, releasing an unprecedented tropical storm in Iraq. Hurricane Kerry right now is considered a weak hurricane, with winds barely above tropical storm strength.
After leaving the Middle East and finding it's way into the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Kerry continued it's unusual path until finally becoming hurricane strength. Kerry has been twisting and turning in the Atlantic ever since, going one way then the other, confusing forecasters. Hurricane watchers say they have never seen a hurricane go through so many directions and still don't know where it will head next. Some forecasters predict Hurricane Kerry will just hit a few northeast states and do minimal damage, but forecasters are also warning Florida residents, still weary from the 2000 hurricane season, to be on the look out for severe damage on par with Hurricane Algor.
Hurricane Kerry has been able to keep its strength mainly by having access to very warm air; some would describe as excessively hot. Tropical storm Dean was forming earlier this year, but was swallowed up by tropical storm Kerry; the two storms together turned Kerry into a hurricane.
A new storm forming off the South African coast, predicted to be named Tropical Storm Teresa, may help keep the United States from being hit by Hurricane Kerry. While still only a tropical storm, Teresa is expected to pack maximum force 5 hurricane strength winds before November and to snuff out any chances of Kerry hitting the United States. If Hurricane Teresa winds hit Hurricane Kerry, you will see Kerry rapidly downgraded to nothing more than a summer breeze off the ocean.
Hurricane watchers predict that it will be almost November before they can predict which way Hurricane Kerry will head, or even if it will be still considered a tropical storm. Norm Ivan from the Hurricane Tracking Center stated that with all the twists and turns that Kerry has taken, especially since coming out of the Middle East, it's course will be unclear for a long time.