Tropical Depression 13 forms in eastern Atlantic

    Tropical Depression 13 has formed in the eastern Atlantic and is not expected to impact land.

    The National Hurricane Center does not anticipate the system — which is located 650 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and heading toward the northeast — to become strong.

    “Some slight strengthening is possible during the next day or so, and the depression is forecast to become a tropical storm later today or tonight. However, weakening is likely to begin by Wednesday,” the latest National Hurricane Center advisory states.

    Even though the season has produced a “well below average” number of hurricanes, the amount of tropical storms generated have been above average, according to an AccuWeather.com report.

    From the report:

    “As of Monday morning, Oct. 21, 2013, there have been 11 systems that have reached at least tropical storm strength this season with Humberto and Ingrid being the only systems to reach Category 1 hurricane status.

    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, from 1851 to 2012, on average there have been one to two tropical storms and about one hurricane from late October through the end of November. The total seasonal average number of tropical storms in the Atlantic is 10 with six hurricanes.”

    Tropical Depression 13 is the only area in the Atlantic basin that the National Hurricane Center is monitoring for potential development within 48 hours. 

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