Tropical wave now a tropical depression

Subtropical Storm Alberto came ashore on the Florida Panhandle in late May. Despite this early season activity some forecasters are expecting the rest of the season to be below average

Subtropical Storm Alberto came ashore on the Florida Panhandle in late May. Despite this early season activity some forecasters are expecting the rest of the season to be below average

It formed in May, just before June 1, the official start of hurricane season. The center of the system is 1385 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Maximum winds are 35 miles per hour as it spins over the central Atlantic.

What's the difference between a tropical wave, a tropical depression and a tropical storm?

The latest satellite images indicate that the shower activity associated with the small area of low pressure located between the Cabo Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles remains well organized.

Forecast for Tropical Depression Two.

The newly formed tropical storm is now over 1,300 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands, moving west-northwest. "Locally heavy rains and gusty winds" are likely on the Leeward Islands Sunday and Monday, the National Hurricane Center said.

The system is expected to deteriorate before moving closer to Peurto Rico in the coming days.

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.

Meteorologist Phil Klotzbach and other experts from Colorado State University - regarded as the nation's top seasonal hurricane forecasters - predict 10 named tropical storms will form, of which four will become hurricanes. Some development is possible before the end of the week, forecasters said, as the system moves west and then north between Bermuda and the East Coast of the U.S.

The hurricane center put the chances of it becoming a tropical depression at 40 percent over the next five days, which is down from 60 percent on Wednesday.

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