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Weather forecasters keep an eye on potential Tropical Storm Fiona

Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2016. 2:20 pm CST.

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By BBN Staff: Tropical depression six, which is currently in the central Atlantic Ocean, is expected to become Tropical Storm Fiona by the end of the day.

The system has maximum sustained winds near 35 miles per hour, with higher gusts, and the National Hurricane Centre in Miami said this morning that “slow strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the depression is likely to become a tropical storm today”.

At 11 a.m., the centre of Tropical Depression Six was located 840 miles west of the Cabo Verde islands and was moving toward the west-northwest near 15 miles per hour. There is no threat to land at the moment, as the system is expected to remain over the open waters of the tropical Atlantic over the next few days.

Forecasters say the system could either weaken quickly by wind shear and dry air, degenerating into a remnant low or tropical wave and moving farther south – but still generally north of the Antilles; or remain a tropical cyclone and curl faster to the north into the central Atlantic Ocean.

 

 

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