Tropical storm chance increases in Atlantic

Invest 94L, at bottom right, is about 800 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Image courtesy NOAA

July 4 (UPI) — The National Hurricane Center on Tuesday said there was a 70 percent chance of a tropical depression forming in the Atlantic Ocean in the next two days.

The agency was monitoring a storm system called Invest 94L about 800 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. The storm hasn’t changed much in recent hours, but environmental conditions are favorable for a tropical depression or tropical storm to form in the Atlantic Ocean.

There’s a 70 percent chance a depression will form in two days, 80 percent chance in five days.

The storm is traveling westward or west-northwestward at 10 mph to 15 mph toward the U.S. Southeast coast.

If Invest 94L becomes a tropical storm, it will be the fourth named Atlantic storm of the season — Don. Tropical Storm Cindy caused flooding along the Gulf Coast shores of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida in late June.


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