Tropical depression may form in the Caribbean Sea over the weekend, forecasters say

Alex Harris, Michelle Marchante, Devoun Cetoute
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Forecasters are watching a tropical wave in the Atlantic that has a high chance of forming into a tropical depression this weekend or early next week.

The system was dumping rain over the Lesser Antilles and the eastern Caribbean Sea on Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters said the system has an 80% of formation during the weekend and a 90% of formation through the next five days. The system is currently not a threat to Florida.

“A tropical depression is likely to form this weekend as the system moves westward across the central and western Caribbean Sea,” forecasters wrote. “Regardless of development, this system is expected to produce heavy rainfall across portions of the ABC islands and Jamaica through the weekend.”

If the tropical wave strengthens into a tropical storm it would be Eta, the 28th named storm of the season. This would tie the 2020 hurricane season with the record-breaking 2005 hurricane season, which saw 28 storms.

Meanwhile, the hurricane center issued its last advisory Thursday afternoon for post-tropical cyclone Zeta while the system went offshore and entered the mid-Atlantic coast toward the western Atlantic.