Tropical Depression 4 Forms in the Atlantic

August 02, 2010; 2:00 PM
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The fourth tropical depression of the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season has formed in the south-central Atlantic Ocean.

Although the storm is not an immediate threat to land, residents along the East Coast of the United States should pay close attention to the tropical forecast this week.

The depression is expected to track west-northwestward over the next couple of days, which will cause it to travel through light upper-level wind shear and warm waters, both supportive for strengthening.

These conditions should allow Tropical Storm Colin to develop over the next 24 hours, before possibly developing into a hurricane as soon as Thursday.

No direct impacts to land are forecast through at least Thursday. meteorologists expect Tropical Storm Colin to be near the Leeward Islands on Thursday before turning to the north between the East Coast and Bermuda this weekend, limiting the threat for a potential landfall in the United States.

Historically, tropical storms named in the area where Tropical Depression Four has formed rarely threaten the United States.

Nonetheless, with favorable conditions for development and a track taking it towards the East Coast, residents both in the United States along with Bermuda should pay close attention this week.

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