Tropical Depression Eight forms east of the Bahamas

That disturbance developed into Tropical Depression Eight Saturday evening.

Tropical Depression Eight has formed just 600miles off our coastline. The system had sustained winds of 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 46 miles per hour late Saturday night.

The depression is expected to become a tropical storm today as it moves northwest and remain at that intensity when it cuts northeast Monday night. It is expected to be pushed off to the east by a non-tropical system on Tuesday or Wednesday according to AccuWeather, and is not seen as a direct threat to the US coast. A tropical storm will pass by the coast of North Carolina early this week, but the rain and wind will stay well offshore.

The main impact for both Bermuda and the southeastern United States at this point will be higher waves, rough surf and an increased threat for rip currents into the middle of the week that can impact boaters and beachgoers.

Meanwhile, the NHC has started tracking a recently emerged low pressure area off the west coast of Africa with a slight, 20 percent probability of becoming the Atlantic's next tropical cyclone in the next five days.

99L is now moving northwest and might gather strength as upper-level winds become more favorable for its development over the weekend.

Vanessa Coleman

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