June 27, 2006

Tropical depression could form south of Carolinas: NHC

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A tropical depression could form about
140 miles south of Cape Fear, North Carolina, the U.S. National
Hurricane Center said in a special tropical disturbance

At 7:30 a.m. EDT (1130 GMT), the NHC said a small
low-pressure system could be forming that has the potential to
develop into a tropical depression at any time as it moves
north to north-northeastward at 15 to 20 miles per hour.

An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft will
investigate the system later this morning to determine if a
closed circulation exists at the surface.

Earlier this morning in a 5:30 a.m. outlook, the NHC said
the low-pressure system continued to bring showers and
thunderstorms over portions of Florida, Georgia and South

The system was expected to bring heavy rains and gusty
winds northward through the Carolinas over the next day or so.

Separately, the NHC said a large tropical wave is located
about 800 miles east of the southern Windward Islands
(Martinique, Saint Lucia, Barbados, Saint Vincent, The
Grenadines, Grenada, and Trinidad and Tobago).

The NHC said development of the tropical wave, if any,
would likely be slow as the wave moves west northwestward at 15
to 20 miles per hour.

The NHC also pointed a couple of other tropical waves in
the Atlantic and Caribbean but said at 5:30 a.m. that it did
not expect any tropical storms to form through Wednesday.

The Center will call the next storm Beryl.