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Eye on the Tropics: Tropical Depression 4 forms

07 July 2017

If Tropical Depression 4 does reach tropical storm status it would be named "Don". Its maximum sustained wind speeds were 30 miles per hour and it was moving in a west-northwest direction at about 16 miles per hour.

Unlike Tropical Storm Cindy, which contributed moisture that powered Lowcountry storms even as is stayed far away, the depression in the Atlantic is expected not to contribute to area weather at all.

"Right now we're forecasting a total of eight total hurricanes and of those eight, three becoming major category three, four, and five level hurricanes, those are hurricanes with winds of 111 miles per hour or greater". Two leading seasonal hurricane forecasters recently upped their predictions for the number of named storms this year; named storms are cyclones that become tropical storms or better. He also helped develop new Global Positioning System dropsondes that showed how eyewall winds vary.

The National Hurricane Center expects the depression to remain a over the next several days as it tracks toward the Bahamas.

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Residents should monitor for updates on Tropical Depression Four closely until it exits our monitoring area.

Dust from Africa's Sahara desert is blowing over the Atlantic and could become wrapped up in the storm. The official forecast from the National Hurricane Center brings a very weak depression north of Puerto Rico by early next week.

Atlantic basin Accumulated Cyclone Energy and Net Tropical Cyclone activity in 2017 are expected to be about 145% of their long-term averages for the remainder of the season, the university said.

Eye on the Tropics: Tropical Depression 4 forms