1st tropical depression of 2017 forms far from land

Tropical Depression 1 forms in the open Atlantic

MIAMI (AP) - The first tropical depression of the Atlantic season has formed far from land.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, but last year two storms formed before the official start of the season.

The depression is located about halfway between Bermuda and the Azores and does not pose a threat to land. The system is expected to dissipate Thursday night or Friday.

It has winds of about 35 mph (56 kph).

The first Atlantic storm of 2016 was Hurricane Alex, which made an unseasonable debut in January over the far eastern Atlantic. Tropical Storm Bonnie formed in May 2016 off the South Carolina coast.

© 2017 Associated Press


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