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Tropical Storm Ana Could Form This Weekend, Forecasters Say

National Hurricane Center

The first tropical storm of the season could form by this weekend.

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center are monitoring a non-tropical low pressure system about 800 miles east of Bermuda.

It has a 70% chance of becoming Tropical Storm Ana by Saturday, forecasters said, and a 90% chance over the next five days.

The system is expected to gain strength and produce gale-force winds as it moves to the north later Thursday, followed by a turn to the west and southwest.

Once it moves into the warmer waters Thursday night into Friday, forecasters say it will likely become a subtropical cyclone near Bermuda.

However, the system is forecast to turn to the north and northeast, and could break apart late this weekend into Monday before threatening land.

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Carl Lisciandrello is digital news editor of WUSF Public Media.