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Tropical activity heats up in the Atlantic

By Tanner Cade -  email - Twitter

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The National Hurricane Center is tracking a tropical depression in the Atlantic Ocean.

The depression is the second of the Atlantic hurricane season and has maximum sustained winds near 30 mph. The depression is centered about 280 miles west of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands along Africa's western coast.

You can track the storm yourself using the WDAM Hurricane Tracker.

The WDAM weatherteam believes the depression will become the first named storm of the season.

"It's just the time of year when you can expect an increase in tropical storms," said Weathercaster Nick Ortego.

Computer models are continuing to forecast multiple storms in the next two weeks. 

Tropical Depression Two is located nearly 3,000 miles away from the Florida coastline and is slowly moving west. Forecasts predict the system will fall apart in a couple of days after moving north into destructive wind patterns. 

This is currently the only specified storm in the Atlantic, but an even stronger tropical cyclone could be forming behind Tropical Depression Two.

Multiple models show a more potent storm coming together off the coast of Africa in the next four to five days. This storm yet to form looks like a more westward track nearing the Caribbean, but it is too early to predict a Gulf entrance. 

The second storm to form could follow patterns similar to those of Hurricane Dean in 2007. Dean made landfall at the Yucatan Peninsula as a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane on August 21.

Climatology shows a variety of tracks when a cyclone develops in the far eastern Atlantic.

Please stay tuned to the WDAM Weather Center for any important updates in tropical cyclone development.

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