Hurricane Georges sprang to life in the north Atlantic last night as busy forecasters kept a close watch on three other tropical weather systems.
In Texas, the soggy remains of Tropical Storm Danielle brought threats to flooding to the hill country around San Antonio.
None of the new systems posed an immediate threat to land.
Forecaster Joe Hebert of the National Hurricane Center said an Air Force reconnaissance craft reported that the storm developed hurricane-force winds late yesterday. Georges turned into a tropical storm earlier in the day as it churned across the North Atlantic Ocean.
At 10:30 p.m. EDT, the center of the hurricane was located about 440 miles southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland.
Meanwhile, forecasters were charting the progress of Tropical Storms Frances and Earl. Forcaster Joe Pelissier said Frances could strengthen to a hurricane in a few days.
"We're in the heart of the hurricane season and the tropics are coming alive," he said.
Frances developed in 12 hours from an area of disturbed weather to a tropical storm with winds of 65 miles per hour, he said.
At 6 p.m. EDT, Frances was centered about 80 miles south-southwest of the westermont Cape Verde Islands.
Earl, meanwhile, was centered about 1,250 miles northwest of the Cape Verdes at 6 p.m. Earl's strongest sustained winds were 50 mph.