Tropical Depression 8 forms in the western Atlantic

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

Tropical Depression Eight will attempt to strengthen into the newest tropical storm offshore of the southeastern United States in the coming day or two.

In an advisory issued at 10 p.m. Saturday, the hurricane center said the tropical depression is heading northwest around 13 miles per hour, blowing maximum sustained winds near 35 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Regardless of the depression remaining offshore, the non-tropical system set to whisk it away from the US will first enhance the risk for flash flooding in the southeastern USA early this week.

That said, environmental conditions are expected to be good enough to allow Eight to become a tropical storm on Sunday, and it should strengthen as it moves northward in the western Atlantic.

The Atlantic has had six named storms, including one hurricane (Franklin), so far this year.

Is it anything to worry about on the East Coast?

Tropical Depression Eight will take the alleyway in between those large-scale weather systems. However, well before it reaches the east coast of the U.S.it is forecast to turn towards the northeast and move out to sea.

The National Hurricane Center has been watching an area of disturbed weather, Invest 99L, since it rolled off the coast of Africa more than a week ago.

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