MIAMI (October 22, 2012)--Tropical Storm Sandy formed Monday south of Jamaica and forecasters say the storm is expected to strengthen.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sandy was about 395 miles south of Kingston, Jamaica with winds of 40 miles per hour.
It was expected to head toward Jamaica and be near or over the island Wednesday.
The system could be near hurricane strength of 74 miles per hour as it approaches Jamaica.
It's the third year in a row that the Atlantic basin has had at least 18 named storms, a higher than average year of about 11.
Meanwhile, a second tropical depression formed Monday far out in the Atlantic and poses no threat to land.
The Atlantic storm season began June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.