FLORIDA, United States, Wednesday August 17, 2016 – Tropical Depression Six formed in the Eastern Atlantic late last night, but forecasters say that by the end of the day we may have to refer to it as Tropical Storm Fiona.
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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Regardless of the scenario, they say the system is not a major threat to the Lesser Antilles at this time.
However, the Weather Channel noted, if the first scenario materializes and the system degrades to a tropical wave, there could be a few more showers in the Leeward Islands early next week on the southern end of that tropical wave.