Tropical depression expected to form this weekend

Published 2:06 pm Wednesday, August 29, 2018

After a quiet hurricane season so far, there may be something brewing off coast of Africa, forecasters say.

A low-pressure area is forecast to form between the coast of Africa and the Cabo Verde Islands this week, in association with a tropical wave expected to move off the west coast of Africa late Thursday or early Friday.

The National Hurricane Center said additional development is anticipated, and a tropical depression could form over the weekend while the system moves west-northwestward near the Cabo Verde Islands.

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NC Emergency Management said officials there are monitoring the forecast.

Earlier this month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s scaled back its hurricane outlook for the Atlantic basin, saying ¬†oceanic and atmospheric conditions have become “much more inhospitable to hurricane formation and intensification.”