ORLANDO, Fla. – With the peak of hurricane season 10 days away, the tropics are expectedly busy.
Tropical Depression Ida late Tuesday was located over Tennessee after striking Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane.
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Tropical Depression Kate, downgraded from a tropical storm, is located 905 miles northeast of the Leeward Islands, has sustained winds of 30 mph and was moving north-northwest at 10 mph.
Kate is expected to track to the east of Bermuda into the open Atlantic.
The system is still poorly organized, according to the National Hurricane Center, and little change in strength is forecast during the next few days.
Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 12 has officially formed in the eastern tropical Atlantic, near the coast of Africa. According to the National Hurricane Center, the system is forecast to intensify over the next couple of days.
Currently, the depression is moving west-northwestward near 20 mph. The system is expected to turn toward the west Tuesday night and a westward motion at a faster forward speed is expected during the next couple of days, forecasters wrote in the latest NHC advisory.
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Meanwhile, a broad area of low pressure is forecast to develop over the southwestern Caribbean Sea in a couple of days.
Environmental conditions appear to be somewhat conducive for slow development by the end of the week, as long as the system remains over water.
This system is expected to move gradually west-northwest or northwest at 5 to 10 mph toward Central America.
It has a 20% chance to develop over the next five days.
The next named storms will be called Larry, Mindy and Nicholas.
Sept. 10 marks the peak of hurricane season, which runs through November.