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Tropical Depression Forms

August 22, 2006

MIAMI (AP) _ A tropical depression developed Monday off the Cape Verde islands in the far eastern Atlantic.

At 11 p.m. EDT the depression was centered 195 miles south-southeast of the southernmost Cape Verdes and was moving west-northwest about 15 mph. The storm had maximum sustained winds near 35 mph, 4 mph below the threshold for a tropical storm and well below hurricane strength of 74 mph, forecasters said.

Forecasters said the storm was expected to continue moving west-northwest for the next 12 hours and then a gradual turn toward the northwest. It also was forecast to become a tropical storm during the next 24 hours. The storm could pass over the southern part of Cape Verde on Tuesday.

The government of the islands, 350 miles off the African coast, issued a tropical storm warning Monday.

The next named storm of the season would be Debby.

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