Aug. 27, 2003 – Tropical Depression 10 of the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season formed Wednesday afternoon about 470 miles west of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands, or about 850 miles off the coast of West Africa.
Meteorologist Andy Roche at the National Weather Service station in San Juan said projections currently call for the depression to pass north of the Virgin Islands. However, the weather system is still more than a week away from the territory, so that forecast could change.
"We have to monitor it," Roche said, adding that forecasters believe the tropical depression will gain strength to become a tropical storm.
Currently tracking to the northeast, the system as of 5 p.m. local time was centered at 14.6 degrees north latitude and 31.5 degrees west longitude. It was moving west at 19 mph with a maximum sustained wind speed of 30 mph.
Meanwhile, a tropical wave that forecasters have been watching for several days should reach the Virgin Islands area in a week, Roche said. However, he said, this system doesn't look as if it will develop into anything stronger.
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