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Latest Tropical Depression Expected to Become Hurricane

Sept. 3, 2006 – Tropical Depression No. 6 formed in the mid-Atlantic Sunday, but meteorologist Walter Snell at the National Weather Service in San Juan said it's too soon to tell exactly where the storm will go.
This latest depression is forecast to become Tropical Storm Florence by Monday, with the storm eventually reaching hurricane status.
"Most of the models have it going north, but some models move it further south," he said.
However, he said the big question is how far it will pass from the Virgin Islands. Snell said it would be at least five days, if not more, before Tropical Depression No. 6 approaches the territory — if in fact it does.
Snell urged residents to be prepared, however, in case the storm does come this way. Even if it misses the Virgin Islands, Snell said systems that could develop into a storm are behind it.
He reminded residents that hurricane season's peak is approaching. He said that meteorologists usually use Sept. 10 as the peak date, but he said that this year has had a slower start, so the peak could come later.
At 5 p.m., Tropical Depression No. 6 was centered at 14.6 degrees north latitude and 40.4 degrees west longitude. This puts it 1,525 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands.
Winds had reached 35 mph, with gusts to 45 mph. It is moving to the west at 13 mph. The barometric pressure stands at 1005 millibars, or 29.67 inches.
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