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Tropical depression likely to roll through the Caribbean. Florida unlikely to feel impact.

Tropical system in the Atlantic is hanging on

What the National Hurricane Center called a “vigorous tropical wave” moving across the Atlantic Ocean and that would have been named Patty had it graduated to tropical storm status, is weakening.
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What the National Hurricane Center called a “vigorous tropical wave” moving across the Atlantic Ocean and that would have been named Patty had it graduated to tropical storm status, is weakening.

A tropical depression is now likely to churn across the Atlantic and pass near the Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Bahamas this week, but is not expected to impact Florida.

In a morning advisory, National Hurricane Center forecasters said the “vigorous” wave of showers and thunderstorms was heading into friendly territory where conditions will allow it to intensify. They gave the system a 50 percent chance of developing over the next two days and a 90 percent chance over five days.

However a trough of low pressure moving toward the east coast is expected to steer the system away from Florida and spare the U.S. coast.

“The bottom line is we don’t see this as having any impact on South Florida,” hurricane center spokesman Dennis Feltgen said.

No advisories have been issued, but Feltgen said residents in the islands, including the Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and the southeastern Bahamas should pay attention as the storm rolls to the northwest. Computer models agree that a depression or tropical storm will likely form over the next two days, he said, which would generate a track and possible watches and warnings.

Before the system nears the U.S. coast, the trough is expected to push it back out to sea. It’s also expected to bring South Florida its first blast of cooler weather, with lows dipping into the 60s by Friday.

However, the system also serves as a reminder that hurricane season hasn’t yet ended.

“You’ re not allowed to put away the hurricane supplies until the end of the month,” Feltgen said.

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