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Tropical depression forms

The sixth tropical depression of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season formed Sunday, and is likely to become Tropical Storm Florence by Monday, forecasters said.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | September 3, 2006

The sixth tropical depression of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season formed Sunday, and is likely to become Tropical Storm Florence by Monday, forecasters said.

The system - churning 1,500 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands - is days away from threatening any land. The depression, which has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph - is moving northwest at 14 mph. It is eventually expected to strengthen into a hurricane, potentially by Thursday.

It is too early to predict the long-range track of the depression, forecasters said. But they added it was likely to continue on a northwesterly track and stay in the open ocean for the next week.

Storms in this area often turn northward long before they reach the United States.


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