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Bahamian low pressure becomes tropical depression Monday afternoon

The National Weather Service says it expects the depression to remain off the east coast of Florida.
Graphic showing the latest development of the tropical depression in the Bahamas. [National Hurricane Center]
Published Jul. 22

A low pressure system in the Bahamas developed into a tropical depression on Monday afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The depression is moving north through the Bahamas as of 5:00 p.m. Monday, forecasters say, and is not likely to increase significantly in strength.

Forecasters predict the center of the depression will remain just off of the east coast of Florida over the next two days and not make landfall.

The depression currently has maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph with higher gusts.

There should be no reason for Floridians or Bahamians to worry— forecasters predict the depression will dissipate by Wednesday due to “strong upper-level winds.”

While unlikely to become the year’s third name storm — and bear the name Chantal — forecasters say the system will bring heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and gusty winds over portions of both the Bahamas and Florida the next two nights.

Forecasters will provide another update on the system at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

Related: The 2019 hurricane names are out, and it could be another busy season

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