Tropical Depression Two Forms

New predictions for hurricanes, storms in the Caribbean this season

New predictions for hurricanes, storms in the Caribbean this season

A weather pattern dubbed "Tropical Depression Two" has formed in the Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory Thursday.

At 5 p.m., National Hurricane Center forecasters said the storm, located less than 1,300 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, had sustained winds of 50 mph.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 miles per hour (55 km/h) with higher gusts. The storm is forecast to become a hurricane by Friday or Saturday, but should get shredded by strong wind shear before it reaches the islands, forecasters said.

There are no watches or warnings in effect for the storm.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1009 mb (29.80 inches). As TD2 (likely as a Tropical Storm) approaches the Lesser Antilles by this weekend, it should feel the influence of the shear and it is possible weakening will occur.

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The year's first Atlantic hurricane weakened Saturday morning into a tropical storm, but Caribbean islands struck by last year's devastating hurricanes are still on alert. A faster westward to west-northwestward motion is expected to begin over the weekend and continue through early next week. It's projected to move west and north, between Bermuda and the east coast of the United States.

We are tracking 2 tropical systems in the Atlantic basin.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 miles per hour (85 km/h) with higher gusts. The hurricane-vulnerable coastline also accounts for 45 percent of US oil refining capacity and more than half of natural-gas processing capacity.

While tropical storms can develop any time from February through December, July storms are somewhat unusual, according to the NHC. So for the 5 days, the storm poses no threats to the First Coast.

The average hurricane season hurricane season sees 12 named storms and six hurricanes and Colorado State predicted an above-averge season with 14 named storms and seven hurricanes in April.

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