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Tropical Storm Gaston and a depression could form soon. Hurricane Fiona may be a Category 4

Michelle Marchante, Miami Herald on

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The eighth tropical depression of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season formed Tuesday over the north-central Atlantic, far from any land, and is forecast to turn into Tropical Storm Gaston soon.

Forecasters are also watching two disturbances, and one has a high chance of turning into a tropical depression in the next several days.

Also on their radar: Hurricane Fiona, which left devastating damage in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Fiona is bringing stormy conditions to the Turks and Caicos and tropical storm conditions to portions of the southeastern Bahamas as a Category 3 storm.

Here’s what to know:

—Tropical Depression Eight forecast

 

Tropical Depression Eight is about 1,110 miles west-southwest of the Azores, according to the National Hurricane Center’s advisory on Tuesday.

The system has maximum sustained winds near 35 mph with higher gusts and is expected to become a tropical storm soon, possibly by Tuesday night, as it moves through the Atlantic’s warm waters. If it were to turn into a tropical storm, it would be named Gaston and would be the seventh named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season.

“Interests in the Azores should monitor the progress of the system,” the hurricane center said.

To be a tropical storm, the system needs to have maximum sustained winds of at least 39 mph. The forecast shows the system moving north near 10 mph and making a turn to the northeast, likely on Wednesday.

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