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Tropical Depression Two forms over the Atlantic this morning

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Forecasters reverse course, predict below-average 2018 hurricane season

A tropical depression is a low-pressure system with thunderstorms that produce maximum winds of about 39 miles per hour.

The storm is of no threat to the USA mainland, and now not forecast to have a large impact on the Caribbean, though it could stir up enough moisture for heavy rain for the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico by next week.

This storm doesn't look too scary right now, but of course, we'll keep a close eye on it!

A team of meteorologists, who predicted an above-average 2018 Atlantic hurricane season in April, decreased their forecast on Tuesday.

Shear is now high ahead of the storm over the eastern Caribbean (see Fig. 2), which should prevent significant strengthening. The storm is forecast to become a hurricane by Friday or Saturday, but should get shredded by strong wind shear before it reaches the islands, forecasters said.

The depression was located about 1,385 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and was moving west at 16 mph.

El Niño is a natural warming of tropical Pacific Ocean water, which tends to suppress the development of Atlantic hurricanes.

Earlier, forecasters said was likely to fizzle before becoming a threat to land.

Last years season spared Bermuda, but battered the Caribbean, as well as the United States.

Rain chances will range from 40-60 percent through the weekend, with highs around 93 degrees. But one of them was catastrophic Hurricane Andrew, which devastated portions of South Florida and killed dozens of people.

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