Tropical Depression forms over the tropical Atlantic

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Latest tropical system expected to become Tropical Storm Elsa early Thursday.

At 11pm Tropical Depression Five developed, and it’s about 1020 miles east/southeast of the Windward Islands. Maximum sustained winds are at 35mph, and the storm is tracking to the W at 23mph.

An increase in forward speed during the next couple of days is expected. On the forecast track, the system will pass near or over portions of the Windward Islands or the southern Leeward Islands on Friday, move into the eastern Caribbean Sea late Friday and Friday night, and move near the southern coast of Hispaniola on Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast, and the disturbance is expected to become a tropical storm tomorrow. If it becomes a storm, it will get the name Elsa.

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