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Depression Forms Off Fla. Coast

September 1, 2002

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MIAMI (AP) _ Another tropical depression formed Sunday in the eastern Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast and threatened to pelt the Southeast with heavy rain, forecasters said.

The depression 115 miles east off Daytona Beach carried 30 mph winds, said Christopher Burr, meteorologist with the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

The storm could dump showers over Georgia and South Carolina on Monday or Tuesday if it continues moving west, Burr said.

Depressions are named tropical storms when their winds exceed 39 mph. That means the depression needs just a bit more wind power to become Edouard, the hurricane season’s fifth named storm.

Meanwhile, a weakened Tropical Storm Dolly posed no threat to land Sunday as it moved further off into the Atlantic Ocean.

At 5 p.m. EDT, Dolly had sustained winds near 45 mph, the hurricane center said.

The storm was about 600 miles east of the Leeward Islands in the southeastern Caribbean, moving northwest near 15 mph. Dolly was not expected to threaten any land.

The 2002 Atlantic hurricane season began June 1 and ends Nov. 30.

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