Tropical depression forms off the East Coast

A tropical depression formed Saturday night (Aug. 12) off the East Coast in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center. The system is expected to head north along the coast before peeling off into the Atlantic early next week.

In an advisory issued at 10 p.m. Saturday, the hurricane center said the tropical depression is heading northwest around 13 mph, blowing maximum sustained winds near 35 mph with higher gusts. It’s expected to head north Sunday night before veering east Monday.

The system, previously classified as a broad area of low pressure, was brewing up showers and thunderstorms as it continued to develop Saturday in the Caribbean Sea about 250 miles north of the Turks and Caicos Islands. In a 7 p.m. advisory, the hurricane center said the system is expected to head up the eastern seaboard before veering northeastward away from the United States early next week.

The tropical depression continues what forecasters project to be an above-average hurricane season, with between 14 and 19 named storms estimated to potentially form. To date, only Tropical Storm Cindy has affected Louisiana, bringing region-drenching rains in late June.

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