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First depression of 2014 hurricane season forms south of Florida

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 | 8:15 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica—The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has said that the first tropical depression of the hurricane season is likely to become a tropical storm.

Reports from the Met service is that at 4:00 am the centre of Tropical Depression Number One was located near Latitude 27.6 degrees north and Longitude 79.3 degrees west or about 155 kilometres southeast of the Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The Depression is moving toward the west near 4 km/h. A turn toward the northwest and then toward the north is forecast by Wednesday. On the forecast track, the centre of the tropical cyclone is expected to remain offshore and move east of the east-central coast of Florida during the next day or so. The system is forecast to pass east of northeastern Florida on Wednesday into Wednesday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 55 km/h, with higher gusts. Some strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours and the depression is expected to become a Tropical storm later today.

The Met Service says Tropical Depression number one is not a threat to Jamaica at this time.

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