New Tropical Depression forms over the Western Atlantic

New Tropical Depression forms over the Western Atlantic

The fifth tropical depression of the year developed in the western Atlantic Ocean on Saturday and could strengthen into a low-level tropical storm by the end of the day, according to forecasters from the National Hurricane Center.

We're also keeping an eye on the tropics where Tropical Depression #5 could turn into Tropical Storm Edouard later on tonight.

Later in the week this area of low pressure is forecast to emerge off the coast of the Carolinas where conditions for tropical development are expected to be more favorable.

Tropical Depression Five can turn into a tropical storm sometime on Sunday.

If this system becomes a named storm, it'll be the earliest 5th Atlantic named storm formation on record. Beyond brushing by Bermuda, the system is expected to continue a north and east journey over the open waters of the Atlantic, degenerating into a post-tropical storm by later Monday.

Tropical Depression Five track map
Tropical Depression Five could become Tropical Storm Dolly but is no threat to land

As of the last advisory, at 10 a.m. CDT, Tropical Depression Five was located about 185 miles northeast of Bermuda and was moving northeast at 21 mph. The low may have a better chance of tropical development once it moves offshore.

Category 3 storms produce maximum sustained winds of 111 mph and up to 129 mph (Category 4 storms have wind speeds of 130-156 mph, and Category 5 storms have wind speeds of 157 mph or higher).

This forecast is well above the averages of 12 named tropical storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes during the season.

There have been three tropical storms so far this hurricane season, two of which made landfall in the U.S.

The next name on the list is Dolly.

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