December 18, 2014
The 13th tropical depression of the Atlantic hurricane season has formed far out in the ocean and is posing no threat to land.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the depression was located 1,350 miles northwest of the Cape Verde Islands on Monday afternoon and had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. It was creeping northwest at 3 mph and was expected to continue in a northwesterly direction with no immediate threat to land.
The center said the depression could strengthen into a tropical storm by Tuesday. A weather disturbance is considered a tropical storm when its winds have strengthened to between 39 mph to 73 mph. Storms become hurricanes when their winds reach a minimum of 74 mph.
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