New tropical storm soon? Hurricane center watching area near Bahamas

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

Tropical Depression Eight's sustained winds are at 35 miles per hour and the minimum pressure is at 1011 millibars.

Even if further strengthening takes place, chances are low for Tropical Depression Eight to rapidly intensify and become a hurricane.

Earlier this week, forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration upped their prediction for hurricanes this year after early season conditions in the Tropical Atlantic and Caribbean hinted that more storms are likely. If this storm develops, AccuWeather meteorologists have it taking two potential tracks, one of which would put it uncomfortably close to the Lowcountry.

A cold front along the East Coast should keep the depression away from the eastern seaboard.

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The favored offshore track would limit the hazards to cruise and shipping interests, as well as beachgoers.

Tropical Depression Eight has formed northeast of the Bahamas.

Is it anything to worry about on the East Coast?

A new tropical wave that emerged off the western coast of Africa will be the next feature to be monitored by AccuWeather meteorologists. However, the air that the system is running into will be dry, which might prevent it from organizing.

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