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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Tropical Depression 7 formed over the Atlantic Wednesday morning as it made its way toward the Lesser Antilles.
At 11 a.m. Wednesday, the depression was located about 805 miles east of the Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.
The forecast path shows the system moving generally westward for the next few days. It’s expected to move through the Leeward Islands on Friday and near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico this weekend, the hurricane center said.
It’s expected to strengthen slowly and become a tropical storm Wednesday night or Thursday.
The next named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season will be Fiona.
“There is some uncertainty in where the storm will go after Monday. Either way, it will likely stay weak because of an unfavorable atmosphere. Dry air and stronger upper level winds will limit the storm from strengthening much,” Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Amanda Holly said.
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