TD 7 forms in Atlantic

MIAMI – A tropical depression was moving west today in the Atlantic Ocean northeast of the Leeward Islands, forecasters said.

The depression had sustained winds near 35 mph and could strengthen into a tropical storm today, according to the National Hurricane Center, reports FloridaToday.

Tropical storms sustain winds of at least 39 mph. The next tropical storm would be named Gordon, the seventh named storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season.

At 5 a.m. EDT, the depression was centered about 495 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands and moving west-northwest 7 mph, forecasters said.

It formed as Hurricane Florence, the season’s second hurricane, was bearing down on Bermuda in the mid-Atlantic. Florence was expected to pass “very near” the tiny British territory today, but it was too early to tell whether it would make a direct hit, according to the hurricane center.

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