Erin weakens to tropical depression again

Tropical Storm Erin moving across open Atlantic, does not pose a threat to land


ORLANDO, Fla. – The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Erin has been weakened to a tropical depression again as it continues its trek across the Atlantic Ocean.

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The storm's maximum sustained winds are now 35 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is centered about 1080 miles west-northwest of the Cape Verde Islands and is moving west at 8 mph with a gradual decrease in speed forecast for the next day or so.

"Computer models show it making a turn to the north in the coming days, so we'll see if that plays out," Local 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said.  "It will likely not impact any land."

Little change in strength is forecast on Sunday, and Erin could become a remnant low on Monday, according to NHC.

Meanwhile, closer to Florida, a tropical weather system in the Gulf of Mexico will continue to increase rain chances in the region.

The area of low pressure still has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression, but computer models now show it moving toward Texas.

"It's so large that it will affect our weather in Central Florida over the next few days," Bridges said.

For the weekend, rain chances will be at 40 percent for Sunday. There is a 30 percent chance for rain on Monday.

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