Tropical depression 3 forms as forecasters watch for #4

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, July 31, 2007 – Tropical Depression 3 formed late Monday night between the US east coast and Bermuda but poses no threat to land at this time. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Centre in Miami are also watching an area east of the Caribbean which could become a tropical depression shortly.

At 11:30pm Eastern Standard Time (EST), Tropical Depression 3 was located about 270 miles north-northwest of Bermuda and 445 miles south-south-east of Chatam, Massachusetts. It is moving towards the north-northeast around 16 miles per hour (mph) with maximum sustained winds of 35mph. Environmental conditions are such that they will stop the cyclone developing no further than a minimal tropical storm at which time it will be renamed ‘Chantal’. By Tuesday night, forecasters expect it to become a frontal low as it crosses the northern Atlantic Ocean.

Officials are watching a strong tropical wave about 800 miles east of the southern Windward Islands. They say that environmental conditions are favourable for it to develop into a tropical depression over the next couple of days.