Tropical Depression Two Shifts West Across the Atlantic

By , AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist
July 23, 2014; 2:20 AM ET
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Tropical Depression Two will continue to move westward across the Atlantic and could become the second tropical to impact populated areas in 2014.

The depression is small and weak according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

"There is only a small window of opportunity for this system to become a named tropical storm," Kottlowski said.

The tropical depression sits over the Atlantic.

If a window does open up for Tropical Depression Two to strengthen into a storm, it would be named Bertha, or the second name on the list of Atlantic tropical storms for 2014.

Later this week, the system will approach the southern part of the Leeward Islands, part of the Lesser Antilles, which border the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

"The islands of Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique and all smaller islands in around these three larger islands will experience gusty winds and the heaviest rainfall during Thursday. Rainfall totals could average 2-4 inches," Kottlowski said.

During Thursday night and Friday the remnants of the system will pass near or just south of the Virgin Island and Puerto Rico. During Friday nigh and Saturday the remnants of the system will move across Hispaniola.

Wind shear is rather strong over most of the Atlantic Basin this week, as has been the case during much of the season thus far. Shear is a zone of strong, generally west to east flowing winds above the surface of the ocean that can disrupt tropical systems.

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"There is a chance wind shear may increase near the Lesser Antilles causing the system to weaken as it approaches, but this is certainly a storm for interests to watch in the Lesser Antilles to Puerto Rico," Kottlowski said.

The Atlantic has only yielded one hurricane so far in 2014, Arthur, which brushed part of the East Coast during early July.

Content contributed by AccuWeather Meteorologist Meghan Evans.

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