Friday, August 05, 2005

Good News about TD 9!

TAMPA - Forecasters now expect the hurricane season's ninth tropical depression to curve northward in the Atlantic while becoming only slightly stronger over the next five days.

The depression, which formed on Thursday, is not expected to reach hurricane strength and may struggle to produce winds of more than 39 mph, which would make it the hurricane season's ninth tropical storm.

On Thursday, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, said all indications were favorable for the depression to grow into a tropical storm today and possibly reach hurricane strength by early next week.

However recent satellite images show the depression losing its organization with part moving over cooler waters.

Forecasters said it should remain a tropical depression with winds of about 30 mph for the next several days. Some forecasting computer models have it falling apart completely by Sunday.

Others keep it weak but heading toward warmer water which could spur mild strengthening, if it lasts long enough.

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