Tropical depression forms in the Atlantic; no immediate threat to land

August 2nd, 2010 - 11:39 pm ICT by BNO News  

MIAMI (BNO NEWS) — The fourth tropical depression of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season formed in the Atlantic on Monday morning, forecasters said, but the storm poses no immediate threat to land.

The depression formed just before 11:00 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) and was located about 2,200 kilometers (1,365 miles) east of the Lesser Antilles.

U.S. National Hurricane Center forecaster Brennan said tropical depression Four is moving toward the west-northwest at a speed of approximately 28 kilometers (17 miles) per hour. “A continued motion toward the west-northwest with an increase in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days,” he said.

Maximum sustained winds are currently near 55 kilometers (35 miles) per hour, with higher gusts. “Some slow strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and the depression could become a tropical storm by tonight or Tuesday,” Brennan said.

As the depression is located far from any land, and is not expected to come close to any land soon, no watches or warnings have been issued.

If the depression eventually does develop into a tropical storm, it will be given the name Colin. It would be the third tropical storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season.

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