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Tropical depression expected to form this week, move toward Florida

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a broad area of low pressure far out in the Atlantic Ocean it gives a "greater than 50 percent" chance of becoming a tropical depression in the next 48 hours. The system became better organized overnight, but lacks a circulation center and faces weather conditions in the next day that could dampen its development.

It would be named Erika if it became a tropical storm.

The storm is located about 500 miles east of the Western Antilles, according to an 8 a.m. bulletin, and is moving northwest at about 15 mph.

Computer models run on Monday morning predict the storm will continue on a path between south Florida and Cuba and pass near Puerto Rico this weekend.

Tropical depression expected to form this week, move toward Florida 08/31/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 31, 2009 8:46pm]

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