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wo ‘tropical disturbances’ have formed in the Atlantic Ocean as forecasters monitor the severity of the systems just days after Hurricane Ian reduced parts of Florida to rubble with its death toll on the rise.
Tropical Depression 12, located 440 miles west of Cabo Verde, was packing sustained winds of 35 mph and moving northwest at 12 mph at 5pm on Tuesday according to the National Hurricane Center.
Increasing upper-level winds are likely to stunt any potential growth from there with forecasters saying the depression is likely to be ‘short-lived’ and will dissipate late Thursday.
A second disturbance closer to Florida located east of the Windward Islands at 8pm on Tuesday evening could grow over the next few days, forecasters predict.
‘Regardless of development, heavy rainfall with localized flooding, as well as gusty winds, are expected over portions of the Windward Islands, northern portions of South America, and the ABC Islands during the next couple of days,’ read the NHC’s most recent Tropical Weather Outlook.
‘Interests in those locations, in addition to those in Central America, should continue to monitor the progress of this system.’
The National Hurricane Center said the system has a 60 percent chance of strengthening into a tropical depression by Thursday evening and an 80 percent chance of doing so by Sunday evening.