Tropical depression forms east of Bahamas

Tropical wave moves northwest toward US; but landfall unlikely

1 of 2 systems in the Atlantic could bring tropical trouble to SC coast, meteorologists say

Tropical Depression Eight has formed in the Atlantic, about 100 miles east of the Bahamas.

It's moving to the north-northwest at about 17 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour.

No warnings or watches have been issued at this time.

While its intensity will likely peak as a strong tropical storm, it's possible this storm will become a hurricane early this week. If the system goes farther west than expected, some outer rain bands may graze the North Carolina Outer Banks early this week.

Even though it is not expected to make landfall, it will create swells that will be felt along the east coast in the form of choppy surf and an increased chance of rip currents, reports AccuWeather. As of Sunday morning the system was weak, but is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm by the end of the day.

A tropical wave that has just moved off the coast of Africa has a 20 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next five days as it moves westward.

99L is now moving northwest and might gather strength as upper-level winds become more favorable for its development over the weekend.

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