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Tropical depression 15 begins to take shape

The newly formed system joins a tropical wave off the coast of South America.
Tropical depression 15 has formed in the eastern Atlantic. [National Weather Service]
Published Oct. 15

Forecasters from the National Weather Service have issued an advisory Tuesday morning for a tropical system beginning to develop off Africa’s west coast.

The tropical depression is the fifteenth system to form in the Atlantic this hurricane season. It currently has maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour and is expected to continue moving to the northwest. The Cabo Verde islands could see a tropical storm warning issued later today.

The system is expected to begin to weaken on Wednesday, devolving into a remnant low by Thursday. The Cabo Verde islands could see as much as 5 inches of rain in some areas.

In the western Atlantic, a tropical wave is producing scattered showers and thunderstorms. The system is expected to run into upper-level winds in the coming days and meteorologists say further significant development is unlikely.

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