Tropical depression forms offshore from South Florida

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As it travels toward Florida, a disturbance that’s now over the Bahamas has a 60% chance of becoming a full-fledged tropical storm by Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center’s Monday afternoon update. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

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MIAMI— A tropical depression has formed in warm waters offshore of South Florida.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the tropical depression emerged Monday afternoon about 120 miles  southeast of West Palm Beach and has top sustained winds of 30 mph. It’s moving to the northwest at 13 mph.

Forecasters are urging people in the northwest Bahamas and on Florida’s Atlantic coast to keep an eye on the storm’s progress.

They say the center of the depression should remain just offshore of the east coast of Florida over the next day or so. The storm system is expected to drop from 1 to 3 inches of rain across the Bahamas and parts of Florida’s Atlantic coast through Tuesday.

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