Regarding warnings for Cape Verde Islands, probably not, but if you want to see an interesting track, look at Tropical Storm #6 in 1988. It was added after the season. Winds estimated at 50 knots and lowest pressure of 994mb. It became a TS at 18.5W. Hurricane #2 in 1927 became a Tropical Storm at 19.3W and Hurricane Jeanne in 1998 became a Tropical Storm at 19.4W.
If you use 40W rather than 60W then the adage has merit. In the past 100 years there have been 22 tropical cyclones in the Atlantic basin south of 20N and at or east of 40W which have reached hurricane strength before passing 40W. Only three of these hurricanes have hit the continental U.S.: Hurricane #4 in 1947, Hurricane Donna in 1960 and Hurricane Georges in 1998. Georges was the only one that hit Puerto Rico.
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