Tropical Storm Gordon formed in the Atlantic overnight but was expected to steer clear of land, meteorologists said.
The storm was centered about 585 miles east of Bermuda and was moving northeast at about 14 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Gordon was expected to intensify slightly in coming days and could turn into a hurricane by the week's end. But the tropical storm will likely stay over open waters.
It's a small tropical storm, with winds up to 40 mph extending only 25 miles out from the center of the system, forecasters said.
Gordon is the seventh named storm of this hurricane season, which was predicted to see 12 to 15 named storms, of which, up to eight could be hurricanes.
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