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Depression off Africa may briefly become Tropical Storm Nestor

Atlantic hurricane season

The latest tropical depression of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season has formed, this one between the African coast and the Cape Verde islands — and it may become the next tropical storm.

The weather system is about 3,800 miles from Fort Lauderdale.

The fifteenth tropical depression of 2019 formed southeast of the Cape Verde island chain on Monday. At 11 a.m. Tuesday, it had maximum winds of 35 mph and was moving toward the northwest at 9 mph.

Earlier Tuesday, forecasters appeared fairly certain that the weather system would become Tropical Storm Nestor sometime today, but the latest update doesn’t go that far.

“It is still possible that the depression could briefly become a tropical storm later tonight,” Senior Hurricane Specialist Stacy Stewart wrote in the 11 a.m. advisory.

In any case, the system is forecast to dissipate into a remnant low by Thursday.

According to a tweet by hurricane expert Phil Klotzbach, a meteorologist at Colorado State University, it’s the farthest east that a tropical depression has formed in the tropical Atlantic this late in the year on record.

The depression is one of three systems being monitored by the hurricane center.

A fourth system, what had been Tropical Storm Melissa, dissipated into a post-tropical cyclone and was moving east in the open Atlantic about 400 miles southeast of Newfoundland, Canada.

A tropical wave over the central tropical Atlantic a few hundred miles off South America is being given only a 10% chance of formation. It was expected to run into a storm-hindering environment as it approaches the Caribbean, so regardless of what happens, it wasn’t expected to strengthen much.

Another disturbance, this one near Central America and the southern Yucatan peninsula, and another disturbance over the eastern Pacific Ocean are expected to bring heavy rains to a large portion of the region over the next couple of days, forecasters said.

It is being given a 30 percent chance of formation during the next five days.

Hurricane season goes until Nov. 30.

 

This article was originally published on sun-sentinel