Tropical depression possible by weekend with new wave

The National Hurricane Center is giving an easterly wave off the coast of Africa a 70 percent chance of becoming a tropical system by the weekend as it enters the warm waters of the tropical Atlantic.

As of 2 p.m., hurricane center forecasters said the wave, accompanied by a cluster of disorganized showers and thunderstorms, was passing near the Cabo Verde Islands.

If it becomes a named storm, it would be Ian.

While the system is 3,600 miles from Miami, it is still worth watching considering the meteorological peak of hurricane season is Sept. 10.

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It’s far too early to tell what kind of threat this system could possibly pose.

Jeff Masters, former NOAA Hurricane Hunter and co-founder of Weather Underground, said it will battle Saharan dust and is on a path that could take it out into the Atlantic.

“The long-range models are showing a west-northwesterly track for this storm into the Central Atlantic to a location where few storms ever become a threat to the Lesser Antilles Islands or North America,” Masters wrote in his blog.

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