Tropical depression could form this week in Caribbean

The National Hurricane Center on Tuesday morning continued to watch an area of ​​disturbed weather in the Caribbean that has a chance to become the next named tropical storm.

The disturbance was in the western Caribbean on Tuesday.

The hurricane center said it has the potential to become a tropical depression later this week — if it manages to stay over water.

The system will be moving close to the coasts of Honduras and Nicaragua over the next few days and could spread heavy rain over those areas.

The disturbance has a 40 percent, or medium, chance of becoming a tropical depression this week, according to the hurricane center.

A system has to have a defined center of circulation and winds of at least 39 mph to become a tropical storm and get a name. The next name on the Atlantic storm list is Bonnie.

There has already been one tropical storm, Alex, which formed on June 5 after crossing over the Florida peninsula as a potential tropical cyclone. Alex peaked with 70 mph winds while in the western Atlantic after it brought more than 10 inches of rain to parts of South Florida.

The Atlantic hurricane season began June 1 and will last until Nov. 30.

There are no other systems being watched for possible development as of Tuesday morning.

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