Tropical depression forms in Atlantic

In pursuit of keeping readers abreast of storms as they develop, the new storm forming in the Atlantic may lead to this season’s next tropical storm with, hopefully, the same results as those previous this year. While it is currently projected to not even reach the coast, it will likely be followed by national meteorologists as it either strengthens or weakens. Storms often can change track so this blog will keep track as the storm progresses.

In the meantime, the AP reports

A new tropical depression has formed in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean and is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm later on Monday or Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

At 5 p.m. [Monday], the depression was located about 160 miles south of the southernmost Cape Verde islands and its maximum sustained winds were near 35 mph, the center said.

“Strengthening is forecast over the next couple of days … and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm tonight or Tuesday,” it said in a advisory.

It would be named Fred, the sixth named storm of the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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