SEASON'S SIXTH TROPICAL STORM BUILDS IN ATLANTIC

SEASON'S SIXTH TROPICAL STORM BUILDS IN ATLANTIC

Another week, another tropical storm.

Felix, the sixth named storm of the still-young hurricane season, formed in the eastern Atlantic on Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm was more than 2,000 miles from Florida on Tuesday, and it was far too early for meteorologists to predict landfall."That won't stop people from talking about it, but it's too early to talk about it," said Miles Lawrence, of the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters expect the storm to continue moving west over the next three days. The storm also is expected to continue strengthening.

"It's holding together pretty decent," Mr. Lawrence said.

The central Atlantic is a common starting point for tropical storms at this time of year.

Felix was south of a ridge of high pressure, which was keeping the storm

from pushing north, according to the hurricane center.

Felix comes in what's shaping up as a busy hurricane season. The season began June 1 and runs through Nov. 30. Hurricane activity doesn't peak until September.

Last year, there were seven storms during the season. Tropical Storm Gordon, the final named system of 1994, didn't form until Nov. 10.