Tropical Storm Don may form this week

On its present forecast from the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Depression Four is not expected to reach tropical storm status.

Winds will have to reach 39 miles per hour for Tropical Storm Don to form.

Which means, as of right now, if we see Tropical Storm Don this week or next, it likely won't be for long.

By Wednesday evening, Tropical Depression #4 had maximum sustained winds at 30 miles per hour, and most of its convection to its west.

Given the system's speed and trajectory, it could be the middle of next week before any effects are felt along the coast, Johnson said.

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The fourth tropical system of the season in the Atlantic formed late Wednesday night, far out over the open Atlantic. According to forecasters, a named storm forms in June once every other year.

"It's hanging on really by a thread in terms of funding", said James Franklin, who oversees the National Hurricane Center team that releases tropical storm forecasts and warnings.

This third update to the annual Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Activity and Landfall Strike Probability now predicts 15 named storms, eight of which will be Atlantic hurricanes. The good news is, forecasters believe adverse conditions will keep the system from strengthening and could even pull it apart.

For South Carolina, the heart of the hurricane year is the Cape Verde period, which usually runs from about mid-August into October.

  • Sonia Alvarado