FLORIDA, United States, Sunday August 30, 2015 – A new tropical depression has formed in the far eastern Atlantic and forecasters say it looks like it will develop into a storm.
In its first advisory on the sixth tropical depression of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season at 1:30 a.m., the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said it was located 445 miles east southeast of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands, and was carrying maximum sustained winds near 35 miles per hour.
It is expected to become a tropical storm later today.
A hurricane watch and tropical storm warning have been issued for the Cape Verde Islands.
“The depression is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph and this motion is expected to continue through Tuesday. On the forecast track the depression is expected to move through the Cape Verde Islands as a tropical storm on Monday,” the NHC said.
“Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast within the warning area by early Monday, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Hurricane conditions are also possible within the watch area by late Monday.”
The depression is expected to produce 3 to 5 inches of rain over the Cape Verde Islands, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches tomorrow, and the rains could produce flash flooding and mudslides, the NHC said.