Tropical Depression forms in the Atlantic, possible Tropical Storm by tonight or Sunday

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    An area of low pressure out in the Atlantic Ocean has developed into a Tropical Depression.

    According to an update from the National Hurricane Centre, gradual strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and the depression is forecast to become a tropical storm later tonight or on Sunday.

    The newly formed Tropical Depression Five is moving toward the west near 19 km/h and this general motion is expected to continue today.

    A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast on Sunday, and that motion is expected to continue through Tuesday.

    On the forecast track, the tropical cyclone is expected to be near the central Lesser Antilles on Tuesday.

    Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts.

    At this time, no warnings or watches have been issued for any countries, however interests in the central and northern Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of this system.

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    As for the system near Florida, it says a broad area of low pressure located inland is producing a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms that extends eastward over the northwestern Bahamas and the adjacent Atlantic waters.

    The NHC says significant development is unlikely today while it drifts northward over the southern or central Florida peninsula, however, environmental conditions appear conducive for gradual development once the low moves off the east-central coast of Florida over the western Atlantic by Sunday.

    A tropical or subtropical depression is likely to form early next week while the system moves northeastward offshore of the southeastern United States coast.

    Regardless of development, locally heavy rains are possible over the northwestern Bahamas and the southern and central Florida peninsula through the weekend.

    * Formation chance through 48 hours…high…70 percent.

    * Formation chance through 5 days…high…90 percent.