Tropical Depression Two forms in Atlantic, could dissipate before impacting Florida


Subtropical Storm Alberto formed in late May and made landfall in Laguna Beach, near Panama City, just before the official June 1 start of hurricane season.

However, forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said another low-pressure system a few hundred miles southeast of North Carolina may develop into a tropical depression and move slowly or stall over the weekend.

The newly formed tropical storm is now over 1,300 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands, moving west-northwest.

Even if the system degenerates into a tropical wave, as forecast, an uptick in shower activity, including some locally heavy rain, and gusty winds are expected in the Lesser Antilles Sunday into Monday. Maximum sustained winds were at 35 miles per hour with a minimum central pressure of 1009 mb. Caribbean islands in the Lesser Antilles will see hurricane impacts as the storm approaches late in the weekend.

The Met Office assured the public however that the country is not under any tropical storm watch or warning.

The average Atlantic hurricane season produces 12 named storms of which six become hurricanes, three of them major.

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Forecasts for the small storm's winds were reduced, with it no longer expected to generate 100 miles per hour winds as it nears the Caribbean. Some strengthening is forecast during the next several days, and the depression could become a tropical storm later Saturday night or on Sunday.

We are tracking 2 tropical systems in the Atlantic basin.

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The NHC has recently been watching the storm for possible development. Dry air and fast upper-level winds should cause this storm to dissipate by early next week. A center of circulation was found at the surface Thursday morning and Invest 95-L was upgraded to Tropical Depression Two.

Forecasters previously predicted this season would near-normal or above-normal, with 10 to 16 named storms.