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Tropical Storm Dennis Still In Eastern Atlantic

September 14, 1987

MIAMI (AP) _ Like its predecessors this season, Tropical Storm Dennis seems to be steering clear of the United States and showed no signs of strengthening Sunday, a meteorologist said.

The Atlantic hurricane season’s three previous storms dissipated at sea. Only one, Arlene, became strong enough to be called a hurricane.

At 10:30 p.m. EDT, the fourth-named storm of the 1987 Atlantic hurricane season was centered near latitude 16.5 north and longitude 36.7 west, or about 875 miles west of Sao Tiago in the Cape Verde Islands off Africa, the National Hurricane Center in nearby Coral Gables reported.

Dennis was moving west-northwest at about 10 mph with maximum sustained wind estimated at 40 mph, said hurricane forecaster Miles Lawrence. That strength and movement was expected to hold steady for 24 hours, he said in the advisory.

″It seems to be following a pattern that’s been set up this year for storms to stay over in the eastern Atlantic and not turn into hurricanes,″ Lawrence said. ″But the pattern is subject to change at any time.″

Dennis reached tropical storm status late Thursday when its maximum sustained wind reached the minimum of 39 mph. Storms are upgraded to hurricanes when sustained wind hits 74 mph.

Meanwhile, an Air Force reconnaissance plane detected the 11th tropical depression of the 1987 Atlantic hurricane season Sunday in an area of disturbed weather east of the Lesser Antilles.

At 10:30 p.m. EDT, the broad center of the depression was located near latitude 15.5 north and longitude 55.5 west, or about 425 miles east-southeast of Antigua, said forecaster Hal Gerrish.

With maximum winds of 35 mph, the depression was moving west-northwest at about 10 mph and was expected to keep the same strength and movement through Monday.

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