National Hurricane Center monitoring Atlantic Ocean storm for development

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Officials at the National Hurricane Center say they are watching an organizing area of thunderstorms that could turn into the second tropical storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season./NHC Officials at the National Hurricane Center say they are watching an organizing area of thunderstorms that could turn into the second tropical storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season./NHC Officials at the National Hurricane Center say they are watching an organizing area of thunderstorms that could turn into the second tropical storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.

National Hurricane Center monitoring area for development

The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla., issued a special tropical weather outlook at 11:10 a.m. Monday, July 21 for interests in the North Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.

Currently, a lower pressure system is located halfway between midway between the Cape Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles, according to the National Hurricane Center.

“Satellite data also indicate that a closed circulation could be forming and that the system is producing a small area of winds near tropical storm force,” the National Hurricane Center said.  “A tropical depression could develop during the next couple of days while the system moves westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph.”

Here are where hurricanes are likely to form during July along with their likely paths./NHC Here are where hurricanes are likely to form during July along with their likely paths./NHC

The National Hurricane Center says this low pressure system has a 70 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression in the next two to four days. As of its 2 p.m. update, the NationalHurricaneCenter said the low pressure system was on the verge of becoming a tropical depression.

If it were to grow into a tropical depression and then become a tropical storm, it would become Bertha, the second name of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

By the time it becomes Bertha, the storm would be located in an area most favorable for development in the late-July, early-August time period, according to National Hurricane Center charts.

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