Tropical Depression No. 8 Expected To Become Tropical Storm

13 August, 2017, 18:03 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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A tropical depression in the western Atlantic is expected to become a tropical storm later today.

Forecasters give the disturbance a 40 percent chance of developing into a tropical system during the next couple of days and a 60 percent chance of formation by the middle of next week. It has a 20 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next five days.

The environment around this storm is improving, with less wind shear and dry air, but these still not ideal conditions should keep Tropical Depression Eight from getting too strong.

Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the depression is expected to become a Tropical Storm later Sunday.

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Is it anything to worry about on the East Coast? The storm will move northward, staying a few hundred miles away from the East Coast of the U.S. It will make its closest approach to North Carolina late Monday into early Tuesday.

Tropical Depression Eight will take the alleyway in between those large-scale weather systems. With its current forecast track, the only impact to the United States will be some increased surf along the coast.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30.

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