New tropical depression forms, Jose to lose steam

August 29, 2011 - 4:00 AM
NOAA Caribbean

This NOAA satellite image taken Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows Tropical Storm Jose, located about 190 miles northwest of Bermuda. Jose is moving toward the north near 21 mph with maximum sustained winds near 40 mph. To the south, ample moisture with isolated moderate convective activity is visible in Central America and the central and eastern Caribbean Sea. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)

MIAMI (AP) — A new tropical depression has formed in the Atlantic south of the Cape Verde Islands and could soon become a tropical storm.

The depression has maximum sustained winds early Monday near 35 mph (55 kph). But the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says it's expected to strengthen and could become a tropical storm later in the day.

The depression is centered about 395 miles (635 kilometers) south-southwest of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands and is moving west around 15 mph (24 kph).

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Jose is moving quickly northward in the north Atlantic and is expected to begin losing steam. Jose's maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 kph). But weakening is forecast and the hurricane center says Jose is expected to dissipate by early Tuesday.