2020 hurricane season

Tropical Depression Seven Forms in the Atlantic

If the system further organizes before Friday, it would be the earliest that a seventh named storm has formed in the Atlantic Basin

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A new tropical depression has formed in the open tropical Atlantic.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the depression was centered Tuesday evening about 1,360 miles west-southwest of the Southern Windward Islands. At 11 p.m. EDT, it had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and was moving west-northwest at 9 mph.

There were no coastal watches or warnings for the depression.

The system is likely to further organize and may become the seventh named system of the 2020 hurricane season in a day or two.

The depression could set a record for the earliest named seventh tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season if it strengthens into Tropical Storm Gonzalo before Friday. Tropical Storm Gert formed on July 24, 2005, making it the current record holder. So far this year, Cristobal, Danielle, Edouard and Fay have all set records for being the earliest named stormed of their respective place in the alphabet.

The location of the system also marks the farthest east a storm has developed this year.

While the heart of the season is still to come, running from mid-August through mid-October, the season so far has been characterized by brief, relatively weak tropical or sub-tropical cyclones.

NBC 6 and AP
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