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Hurricane 2014 Watch and Report: Tropical Depression 2 in Central Atlantic Expected to Weaken

First Posted: Jul 22, 2014 07:37 PM EDT
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After forming in the Atlantic earlier this week, Tropical Depression 2 to head west over the mid-Atlantic Ocean Monday night, with maximum winds of 35 mph.

However, by Thursday, forecasters predict that the storm will dissipate into a remnant low pressure system, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"The compact depression has not changed much during the past several hours," said Hurricane Specialist John Cangialosi, according to "The system is producing a small area of deep convection near the center and a few fragmented bands mainly on the south side of the circulation."

As of now, the tropical depression remains far out to sea and is not expected to threaten land.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the depression formed Monday around 4 p.m. EST, about 1,200 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. It was moving toward the west-northwest at 16 mph and had maximum sustained winds at 35 mph.

Not only will there be little change in the storm's strength over the next few days, but the depression is likely to weaken and lose.

According to the Washington Post, "This depression formed from an easterly wave, which had its origins over eastern Africa back on July 12 (ten days ago!). It made the long trek across Africa and exited the west coast on July 17. As we head into August, these African easterly waves typically become the favored mechanism for hurricane formation in the Atlantic. Over the next three months, a continuous train of easterly waves will be generated over eastern and central Africa. Some will have "the right stuff" and become tropical cyclones, but the majority will never organize into anything worth mentioning. The figure below shows all of the points of origin for tropical storms in the Atlantic during the July 21-31 period. The red dots are where storms formed between 1851-2009, while the green dot is the current position of Tropical Depression 2."

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