Third tropical depression forms south of the Bahamas

| 22/07/2010

(CNS): A tropical storm warning has been issued for the central and northwestern Bahamas as well as Florida and Keys following the formation of the season’s third tropical depression. At 11:00 am EDT the centre of the new weather system was located near latitude 21.9 north longitude 75.0 west. The depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 mph and the NHC said on Thursday morning that an increase in forward speed is expected during the next 48 hours. Maximum sustained winds are currently near 35 mph with higher gusts and the depression is could become Tropical Storm Bonnie later today.

Winds near tropical storm force are already affecting portions of the southeastern Bahamas. Tropical storm conditions will gradually spread over the central and northwestern Bahamas tonight and Friday. Weather conditions will begin to deteriorate on the Florida coast and Florida keys on Friday.
Forecasters say the depression is expected to produce total rain fall of 2 to 4 inches over south Florida with possible isolated maximum amounts of 5 to 6 inches. Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches are expected over the central and northwest Bahamas with possible isolated amounts of 5 to 7 inches.
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