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Storm churns near Bahamas

A tropical depression that formed late Saturday near the Bahamas is likely to intensify and churn toward the Florida Keys, according to the National Hurricane Center.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | September 18, 2005

A tropical depression that formed late Saturday near the Bahamas is likely to intensify and churn toward the Florida Keys, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters predicted the depression would become Tropical Storm Rita by Monday morning, and a hurricane by Wednesday morning that will eventually move into the Gulf of Mexico.

The storm was moving west at about 12 mph, with a projected path that would take it through the Straits of Florida between South Florida and Cuba.

Meanwhile, far to the east, Tropical Storm Philippe became the 16th named storm of the 2005 season on Saturday night. By Sunday morning, Philippe had sustained winds of 45 mph, and was strengthening.

Philippe's three-day forecast showed the storm heading to the northwest, into the Atlantic.


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