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Tropical Depression Six Could Become Florence

Sept. 4, 2006 – Tropical Depression Six has winds just 4 mph short of a tropical storm. Forecasters initially thought the depression would be a tropical storm by Monday, the storm has become a bit less organized.
However, National Hurricane Center forecasters think the storm will reach tropical storm strength within the next day or so. They predict it will be a Category 1 hurricane by the weekend.
Meteorologist Ernesto Morales at the National Weather Service in San Juan said Monday it looks like the storm will pass to the northeast of the Virgin Islands sometime Friday or Saturday, but noted, "We still have to follow the system."
Morales said as the forecast currently stands, the storm should produce isolated showers and high seas in the area, and could produce one to two inches of rain across the Virgin Islands.
At the 5 p.m. update, the depression was centered at 16.9 degrees north latitude and 43.8 degrees west longitude. This puts it 1,165 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.
Winds are at 35 mph, with gusts to 45 mph.
It is moving to the northwest at 11 mph.
The barometric pressure stands at 1005 millibars or 29.67 inches.

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