Depression Continues Approach Toward Lesser Antilles
MIAMI (AP) _ A tropical depression with 35 mph winds was slowly gaining strength in the Atlantic and may be upgraded to a tropical storm by Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
At 10:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, the depression was about 950 miles east of San Juan, Puerto Rico, at latitude 18.0 north and longitude 52.0 west, according to an advisory issued by the center.
″It’s becoming a little better organized and it only has to pick up about four miles an hour to become a tropical storm,″ said forecaster Bruce Piercy. ″It will probably be upgraded by Thursday morning.″
The sixth depression of the 1987 Atlantic Hurricane season must reach sustained winds of 39 mph to reach, tropical storm status, which is when foul weather systems are named. The next named storm will be called Cindy.
The storm, moving west at 15 mph, is now only a hindrance to shipping and there is no way to tell when or if it will reach land, forecasters said.
This year’s first tropical storm, Arlene, became a hurricane in August but never hit land and dissipated Aug. 24 after wandering northeast in the Atlantic Ocean.