Monday, August 2, 2010

Hurricane Center: '90 percent' chance 'Colin' is about to be born

The National Hurricane Center this morning says there is a 90 percent chance within 48 hours that a tropical wave making its way across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa will develop into Tropical Storm or Hurricane Colin.

As of 8 a.m. EDT, the "large low pressure system," which was producing showers and thunderstorms, was located about 1,050 miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Island. It was well organized and "environmental conditions remain favorable for development and a tropical depression could form at any time during the next day or so," the Hurricane Center said in a statement.

As to where the system is heading, it's too early to tell with any reasonable degree of certainty. But several computer models have the system turning to the north before it becomes anywhere a threat to hit Florida.

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