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Posted: Thursday, 15 August 2013 6:55AM

Tropical Storm Erin forms in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Erin has formed in the eastern Atlantic.

Erin, with top sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, is forecast to remain on a generally westward heading for the next few days.

WWL-TV Chief Meteorologist Carl Arredando says it will be several days before we know if this system will threaten the United States.

Meanwhile, forecasters have dropped the chances for a disturbance in the Caribbeanto become a tropical depression.

Last night, the National Hurricane Center had assigned a high probibility that the Caribbeantropical wave would develop further in the next two days, but this morning, that probability has dropped to 50 percent. 

Forecasters say the Caribbean disturbance will become more disorganized as it passes over the Yucatan Peninsula, but may regenerate once it gets over open Gulf waters.

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