Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Tropical Depression Forms In Caribbean

Source: WESH-TV

Depression Expected To Strengthen Into Storm Thursday

The first tropical depression of the Atlantic hurricane season formed Wednesday afternoon.

It is expected to form into a tropical storm Thursday afternoon, WESH 2 News reported.

In response, the government of Cuba issued a tropical storm watch for western Cuba.

At 5 p.m., the poorly-defined center of the tropical depression was located near latitude 17.2 north, longitude 84.0 west, or about 235 miles southwest of Grand Cayman and about 315 miles south of the western tip of Cuba.

The depression is moving slowly northward as it organizes, but is expected to begin moving toward the north near 7 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph, with higher gusts.

By Friday afternoon, it is expected to be about 411 miles from Orlando, which is still close enough to bring showers and clouds to Central Florida, reported WESH 2 Weather Plus meteorologist Amy Sweezey.

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