Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tropical Depression Forms In The Atlantic

Expert's are predicting an active storm season in the Atlantic and Gulf over the next 3 months. All indications at this point show the storm not affecting the Gulf or cleanup efforts. We will keep you informed as the storm continues to develop.

"A depression far out in the Atlantic Ocean was probably very near tropical storm strength Monday and early forecasts put it on a track off the U.S. Atlantic seaboard rather than into the Gulf of Mexico, where BP is working to finally plug its blown-out oil well.
The National Hurricane Center said the depression, with maximum sustained winds near 35 mph (55 kph), was expected to strengthen in the next 48 hours and could be a tropical storm by Monday night or Tuesday.

Dennis Feltgen with the center said conditions over the next five days are not favorable for the depression to develop into a full-blown hurricane. Feltgen said the forecast five-day track keeps the storm on the Atlantic side of the nation's coast but that it was unclear yet where, if anywhere, it might come ashore.

"At this point, we don't see any direct impacts on the Gulf of Mexico," Feltgen said.
Tropical Storm Bonnie briefly interrupted work on BP's oil spill site last week, after the well was temporarily capped, and the oil company hopes to have a permanent plug in place before hurricane season enters its peak period Aug. 15.

The depression was located about 1,270 miles (2,045 kilometers) east of the Lesser Antilles and moving west-northwest at 16 mph (26 kph)."

Story provided by the AP


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